The secret theme for us at Day 2 at Punto De Vista is Feels Like Home. Filmmaker/DJ Luke Fowler (reunited after hanging out at International Film Festival Rotterdam way back in 2011!) presents his short Electro-Pythagoras (A Portrait of Martin Bartlett) that features several shots of our Vancouver neighborhood. Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Remembering Vietnam was shot the same year we were there for The Sound We See. Our lunch mate turns out to be Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina whose film Hello Horse we’d seen and loved just that morning and whose previous work Waterfall we’d seen and loved when we were in Riga last July. Fellow Angeleno Rebecca Baron presents two of her own shorts (including the freaky tale of Ted Serios) and a cinematic present from Robert Frank.
After two weeks here, Pamplona is also beginning to feel like home. We’re digging the concept of “almuerzo”: the word doesn’t connotate lunch (the way it does in Mexico) but rather a little bit of food enjoyed somewhere between breakfast and lunch. A tiny cupful of egg salad topped with an anchovy and a crostini? A little slice of potato and cheese tortilla? An itty bitty hamburger that could nestle into the palm of your hand? Yes, yes and yes.
How about a housing protest that involves gentle singing and a dog wearing a soccer sweater? Don’t mind if we do.
And cap it all off with a couple of dance parties with good tunes, the most delicious cake you ever ate, and kisses hello and goodbye from all your new best friends? We may never leave…