From Patagonia to Japan in Toronto

9 Sep

On Friday night I went along to the first of my TIFF films with a good friend.  This film was the Argentinian Gone Fishing, which was beautiful and lyrical, with a very simple story and little that actually happened, leaving plenty of time to observe people and their relationships.  The film was shot against the backdrop of the stunning Patagonian scenery with a wonderful musical soundtrack; as the director Carlos Sorin explained in his after screening Q&A (apparently these are a big part of the TIFF) it good have been only too easy to let the scenery take over but he wanted viewers to concentrate on the landscape of his characters’ faces.  One of the really interesting points to emerge from his Q&A was that only the two central characters, the recovering alcoholic father and his on screen daughter, were actors, all the others, from the guy who ran a shark fishing business to the boxing trainer and female boxer, were all people not acting at all but simply doing what they did in life.  It was as Sorin said, as if they had been training for these parts all their lives.


Alejandro Awada in Gone Fishing contemplating the coast line of Patagonia

There wasn’t much cooking in the film, just a sliver of a scene with some barbecuing,  but afterwards Sue and I went to a small and friendly Japanese restaurant,  Konnichiwa, near the university, where I had a delicious Katsu curry, sitting out front.  The intense heat of the Toronto summer has gone, leaving beautifully balmy evenings, although as many friends keep telling me winter is only just around the corner.


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