1. MASTER CLASS : ANDY GARCIA
He is shooting a film in Mexico, Cristiada, so he apologized for the "funny moustache" (his words again) needed by his character.
We learnt about his love for music, from the percussions to the piano (which he started playing while shooting The Godfather III in Rome and now plays wonderfully well according to his interviewer) ; his Cuban origins and his siding with the Cuban community living in Miami; his supporting independent cinema because "you can be really free in it, you can make a movie exactly as you want to make it"; his disapproval of dubbing (I agree!) since any performance should be enjoyed in the original version; his being very reserved in his private life but opened up to his audience when playing a role, putting as much of himself in it as he can. "You know about me more than I know about me", he admitted.
As to his relationship with TV movies and series, he announced he is going to shoot and direct a long series, 10 episodes at least, no title yet. Finally, he left but only after kindly answering many questions from the audience and signing lots of autographs.
The event went on with the screening of FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY (2000) , a TV movie starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan among others, about the real story of Arturo Sandoval, a Cuban musician who finally found asylum in the States. A deeply felt performance of a great actor which was so touching after listening to his memories!
2. STRIKE BACK SCREENING FOR THE CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE
What a bore! She took me to an awful conference of a famous American actor. Yes, I know him, he's a very good and popular Hollywood star, but I was here to see Richard Armitage! Why didn't he come? I so wanted him to come... well, I was aware it was impossible... but hope is hard to die. She stayed there listening and taking pictures and notes while that Andy somewhat spoke and received applauses and praises and I longed for time passing by as quickly as possible! We stayed there till 3.30 in the afternoon, and black self was even moved to tears while watching that TV movie about a Cuban jazz musician . *rolls eyes*.
Long before 8.30 we were already at the Adriano Theatre to see if we could assist to a miracolous materialization of the man himself. "Unexpect miracles denied", despicable Collinson must have ordered . We sat in a quite empty theatre, sala 5. Wasn't STRIKE BACK targeted to a male audience? There were only women there! Were we all there for the same reason? I bet we were. The lights went off and I couldn't relax on that comfortable chair. It was cool because of the air conditioning system but I was suddenly sweating and breathing heavily. Can you imagine the gorgeous one on a huge theatre screen? And his voice coming out from a dolby-surround system at a very high volume? Try and you'll start sweating too!
It was great. Only I (we?) was disappointed ... At the same time in the other screens of the Adriano theatre, they were showing Lost, Smallville, The Seawolf, Spartacus ... unfair and unjust they were!!! Most of the young people there wanted to watch those series. Blame on the organizers. They might have done much better at publicising the entire event. Lucky us, who could enjoy our giant blue-eyed handsome man in a quiet , quite intimate , environment.
Have a great weekend!