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The Critic

The Rivera Murals

The Casa Azul


Festival Screening

The Trotsky Museum


Profound Mexico


Rain on canvas

The Jury

The Anthropological Museum


Political Correctness

Two Houses

False Virtue

Life is a miracle

Weird Roots

The Meeting

Turtles Can Fly

The Oscars

Luis Barragans house

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Rain on canvas

Later, over tequilas on the roof of the white airy modernist ‘Habita’ hotel where the jury is staying, I start discussing buildings with an architect, José Ramón Calvo Irurita, who was at the screening.  We talk about the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.  I was struck at both the Casa Azul and the Trotsky house, by how their interior courtyards somehow ‘contain’ the outdoors.  You look in, in order to look out. 

I describe how I have discovered that the three most important qualities of the place I live in London are: one, the sound of rain on the roof, which is constructed of a light industrial material; (in passing I add that the sound – or music – of rain on canvas is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world; one of the reasons why I love camping); two, real flames in the wood-burning fireplace; and, three, the quality of sunlight as it floods into the room filtered through the small balcony, rampant with plants and flowers, during the late afternoon.  The properties of the building that I most value, paradoxically, are mutable, impermanent.

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SP’s balcony

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SP with architect José Ramón and friend.

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