31 mayo 2013

Mr. Photographer

Brad Pitt fotografiado por Max Vadukul para Esquire en su edición Junio/Julio 2013


29 mayo 2013

Vampiros en la pantalla grande :)

 Me han puesto los dientes largos, nunca mejor dicho, los próximos estrenos ;-)

Only The Lovers Left Alive
Dir: Jim Jarmusch

"La segunda de la jornada fue Only lovers left alive, en la que Jim Jarmusch recupera el pulso completamente perdido en Los límites del control. En esta ocasión cuenta la relación entre dos vampiros, pareja desde hace siglos: Adam (Tom Hiddleston, que últimamente parece estar en todos los sitios), músico y científico, vive en Detroit, como si fuera una estrella de rock decadente y lánguida, solo interesado en comprar instrumentos musicales excepcionales y preocupado con el devenir de la raza humana. Eve (Tilda Swinton, quién si no) vive en Tánger, cuidando a otro vampiro anciano (John Hurt), Christopher Marlowe, el escritor que dice la leyenda redactó las obras de Shakespeare. Eve viaja a Detroit a sacar de la depresión a Adam, y allí se cruza con su revoltosa hermana pequeña, Ava, que perturba toda la paz."

 A Tilda Swinton le han preguntado cómo ha sido su colaboración en el vídeo de David Bowie, un músico que el periodista ha calificado de la mejor imagen de un vampiro. “Puede que esté de acuerdo. Son cosas que ocurren y que coinciden en la vida. Los vampiros son hipnóticos, muy atractivos para el público, por muchas razones: me gusta la que apunta el filme, eso de sean testigos invisibles de la humanidad, que estén observando desde los márgenes de la sociedad”. A Hiddleston le motivaron otras cosas: “Es que llevo una racha de soldados y superhéroes… Soy gran fan de Jarmusch. Y me atrajo la fascinación de Adam por la música y la ciencia. Una curiosa mezcla. También era atractiva la idea de interpretar un personaje que encarna la melancolía y el romanticismo. Es una hermosa historia de amor acerca de dos personas que se aman y se aceptan. Una exploración del amor en el contexto de la inmortalidad. Me gusta la reflexión que hay en el filme sobre si la inmortalidad es ¿una bendición o una maldición? Jim habla de criaturas muy sofisticadas”. Swinton apuntó: “No son hombres, son animales. Probablemente lobos. ¿Por qué llevamos guantes en el filme? Bueno, son parte de las leyendas que les caracterizan, como que un vampiro no puede entrar en casa si no le invitas expresamente”. Jarmusch renegó de moderneces como los ajos, las cruces… “Cosas actuales. Mira, por ejemplo, la idea de que no se reflejen en los espejos aparece por primera vez en el filme mexicano El vampiro”. Con ironía, la actriz remató: “Para unos es una película de vampiros, para otros será un documental”.


Pinchar aquí para descargar el kit de prensa de Only Lovers Left Alive del Festival de Cannes


Dir: Neil Jordan

Byzantium marks return to vampire genre for director Jordan

Neil Jordan is laid up. A traffic accident in Dublin in April has left him with an injured leg, and he is conducting interviews for his new film, Byzantium, from a sofa at Fitzpatrick’s Hotel in Dalkey.

Home is nearby, on the prestigious Sorrento Terrace. He also has a house outside Castletownbere, on the Beara peninsula in West Cork, where he filmed Ondine in 2009, and where he also shot the wilderness scenes in Byzantium, which is set in the English seaside town of Hastings.

Byzantium is Jordan’s second vampire movie, after Interview With The Vampire, in 1994, and it is only the third of his 18 films that he has not also scripted (Interview was written by Anne Rice, and The Brave One, in 2007, is the work of Roderick Taylor, Bruce A Taylor and Cynthia Mort).

Byzantium was written by the British playwright, Moira Buffini, and is based on her 2011 National Theatre play, A Vampire Story.

Jordan was sent the script by his producer, Stephen Woolley. “I didn’t expect to read anything like that, it was really exciting,” he says. “There were so many elements in it that were similar to other work I’d done; there was storytelling, and references to fairytales. It was a bit like Company of Wolves, a bit like Interview With The Vampire, a bit like The Miracle.

“There was a certain theatricality in Moira’s first draft of the screenplay. Initially, it was as if, perhaps, the characters were vampires, or they might have been psycho-killers, it wasn’t really resolved. I told Moira, ‘don’t be afraid of making it into a vampire film. Don’t be afraid of making it frightening. Don’t be afraid of the genre, in other words’.”

Byzantium stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter, Clara and Eleanor, who pass themselves off as sisters, and who, it soon transpires, have been vampires for the past 200 years. Clara is a stripper and prostitute, ruthless in protecting herself and her daughter, while Eleanor is a sensitive soul, stuck at the age of 16, who only kills those who are already dying.

Arterton is “morbidly sexy,” as one character remarks — as Clara. “When I met Gemma in Berlin, she had already read the script, and loved it, so we agreed at once to work together,” says Jordan.

Ronan, with her red hair and pallid complexion, was, says Jordan, “the perfect and obvious choice for the role of Eleanor. Saoirse had already done such amazing work, in films like Atonement. The only thought I had about the casting was that I had done Interview With The Vampire with Kirsten Dunst, when she was very young. I wondered if there might be a part for her in Byzantium. But when I met Saoirse, I knew she was the one for the role.”

Jordan has updated the conventions of the vampire genre. “It was time to reinvent the legend,” he says. “The whole genre had got a bit tired: this whole thing with the teeth, and of not seeing yourself in mirrors, and not walking around in daylight.” In Byzantium, the vampires move by day and night, and kill with their thumbnails.

Byzantium also differs in tone from Interview With The Vampire. It is more of a European arthouse film than an American horror, and its elegiac mood is underpinned by its haunting soundtrack, composed by Javier Navarrete. “Javier also did the music for Pan’s Labyrinth. The only source music he had to use for Byzantium was Beethoven’s ‘Third Piano Sonata’. That sonata is all over the score he wrote; Javier rearranged the notes in different ways. It’s wonderfully simple, really.”

Byzantium has been acclaimed as a “neo-feminist” film, which makes Jordan smile. “Cool, I wouldn’t mind being part of that club,” he says. “You can call this a feminist vampire movie, if you like, but that is a bit reductive.

“Moira’s writing was obviously female, but it was also bloody, and it was also sexual, and it was also very direct. If it is feminism, then it’s a very different version of what we know from the ’60s or ’70s. It’s a lot more knowing, for a start, and it deals more with issues of female sexuality.”

Given its intelligence and complexity, Byzantium is far more likely to win critical kudos than match the commercial success of Interview With The Vampire. That film, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt as poster boys for the paranormal, had distinctly homo-erotic overtones: Cruise camped it up as the amoral Lestat, while Pitt walked wall-eyed in his wake as the reluctant accomplice, Louis. Arterton and Ronan, by contrast, bring depth and focus to what are far more evolved roles, and Byzantium, unlike so much in the horror genre, is genuinely spooky.

The action switches back and forth between the drab, grey present and the grimy England of the early 19th century, where violence against women, and the sexual exploitation of the young, is very much the norm.

The first male character in Byzantium to be initiated into the ‘brotherhood’ of vampires is the soldier, Darvell, played by Sam Riley, who, after becoming ill on an expedition to Ireland, is confronted by two strangers while researching a cure among ancient documents in the Long Room, the old library in Trinity College Dublin.

They direct him to a mysterious island, where he is assaulted by a demon — his doppelganger — and reborn as one of the undead.

The link with Trinity is no coincidence. The college is the alma mater of Bram Stoker, and the roots of Jordan’s interest in vampirism can be traced to his familiarity with the Dracula author’s home in Dublin.

“I grew up in Clontarf,” he says. “I used to cycle past Stoker’s house to get to the Fairview Cinema. If I saw a vampire movie, I saw it there. The house was abandoned, it was almost in ruins at the time, and it used…” He smiles at the memory. “It used to terrify the life out of me.”

Neil Jordan at home and abroad 
Neil Jordan was born in Co Sligo in 1950, and grew up in Dublin. He studied English and Irish History at UCD, and first found notice as a creative writer. His collection of short stories, Night in Tunisia, published in 1976, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. The title story was adapted for television, directed by Pat O’Connor, in ’82. By then, Jordan had published his first novel, The Past; a second, The Dream of a Beast, followed in ’83.

The veteran director, John Boorman, soon took Jordan under his wing, hiring him as a script consultant on his film, Excalibur, which he made with a largely Irish cast in Co Wicklow. Boorman produced Jordan’s debut feature film, Angel, in ’82. Angel starred Stephen Rea as a showband musician who witnesses a murder.

Jordan then made The Company of Wolves, which was based on an Angela Carter story, which was itself inspired by the legend of Little Red Riding Hood. His next project was Mona Lisa, a respectable crime thriller, set in London, that starred Bob Hoskins as an ex-con who becomes obsessed with a prostitute. Other films followed: High Spirits, We’re No Angels and The Miracle all met with mixed success.

Jordan’s ’92 film The Crying Game, was the first to win him international acclaim. It starred Rea as an IRA terrorist on the run in London, who becomes involved with a young transgender woman, played by Jaye Davidson. The film won Jordan an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

To coincide with the release of Byzantium, the Irish Film Institute in Dublin is currently screening a retrospective of all 18 of Jordan’s films. Jordan will not be attending, due to his injured knee. Are there any he would not want to watch again. “Not really,” he says. “They all came out of the same person. I have no favourites.”

The most controversial of Jordan’s films, and the one that took longest to bring to fruition, was Michael Collins, his ’82 biopic of the War of Independence hero.

“Michael Collins was a strange thing. Warner gave us the money to do this piece of Irish history, but they would not have done that if Interview With The Vampire had not been such a success.”

Republican violence was still a thorny and divisive subject in the Ireland of the ’80s. “There was a strange parallel between attempts to decommission the IRA, the past generation and the more recent. I said, this film will be about violence, and how difficult it is to cease that activity once you’ve begun it.”

Another Jordan project that spent years in development was The Borgias, which he originally wrote as a screenplay for film but eventually adapted as a lengthy television drama. “Dreamworks suggested I do the series. It’s like a 30- or 40-hour movie. I had done the research years ago, so it gave me a chance to expand on that.”

Jordan has continued to write fiction: his most recent novel was Mistaken in 2011. “I’ll write another book, I think,” he says.

Right now, he says, “I need to get back to writing directly for the screen. I want to get out of Ireland for a while, the reality here is a little bit depressing at the moment.” His next film project is a ghost story, which he will film in America. Would he like to move there for a time? “I wouldn’t mind at all. If I can walk. And if they’ll have me.”

Mark O' Sullivan
Irish Examiner
24 de mayo de 2013


27 mayo 2013

Dark Forest

Editorial de Henrique Gendre para Vogue Brasil en su edición de mayo 2013


21 mayo 2013

JK Rowling desvela cómo creó el Quiddich


La autora de Harry Potter revela los orígenes del deporte de ficción Quidditch en un libro repleto de sus reflexiones, que se subastará para recaudar fondos con fines solidarios.

Este deporte es uno de los elementos más famosos de los libros de Harry Potter y se juega con escobas, aros y una pelota con alas. La autora, de la que también se sabe que comenzó su famosa saga cuando pasaba dificultades financieras, ha revelado algunos de los secretos de su creación con fines solidarios.
Así, subastará una primera edición de «Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal» firmada y con anotaciones, de las que se desprende cómo lo fue escribiendo. La subasta se celebrará mañana en Sotheby's y los fondos recaudados irán destinados a PEN, una organización de caridad que se dedica a la alfabetización en inglés.


«El Quidditch fue creado en un pequeño hotel de Manchester después de una discusión de mi novio», ha escrito JK Rowling a lo largo del texto. «Había estado reflexionando acerca de las cosas que mantienen a una sociedad unida, lo que hace que se reúnan y lo que les confiere su identidad particular y entonces supe que necesitaba un deporte». «El deporte enfurece bastante a los hombres, lo que que me resultó bastante satisfactorio, dado el estado de ánimo en el que me encontraba cuando lo escribí».

Esta aclaración forma parte de las más de mil palabras extra que la escritora ha añadido a la novela de sus hijos. En otra página, apunta: «Escribo el libro robando horas en los cafés y por las noches. Para mí, la historia completa de cómo escribí "Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal" está escrita de forma invisible en cada página y solo yo la puedo leer».

Así como ha escrito sus 43 páginas de sus dudas después de leer el libro de nuevo, incluyó 22 ilustraciones. Con la intención de mostrar a los personajes tal y como ella los concibió, los dibujos a mano incluyen, entre otros, uno de un Harry Potter bebé durmiendo en la puerta de los Dursleys, sus tíos en Privet Drive. 

El libro es uno de las cincuenta primeras ediciones que se venderán en la subasta, y todas cuentan con anotaciones de autores como Julian Barnes, Seamus Heaney, Yann Martel, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan y Sir Tom Stoppard

Philip Errington, director de libros impresos y manuscritos de Sotheby's ha afirmado: «No es solo una buena primera edición del primer libro, además la autora lo ha personalidado con comentarios escritos e ilustraciones evocadoras. Su personalidad queda refejada en cada una de sus páginas y remarca su genio creativo». 

20 de mayo de 2013


18 mayo 2013

Rocks 80s

Editorial de Alexi Lubomirski para Vogue Germany en su edición de mayo de 2013  :)


16 mayo 2013


Noomi Rapace fotografiada por Sølve Sundsbø para Dazed & Confused en su edición de junio de 2012.


14 mayo 2013

Tesoro Nacional :)

Helena Bonham-Carter fotografiada por Tim Walker para el editorial National Treasures publicado en Vogue UK en junio de 2012  ;-)


13 mayo 2013

Dame of Thrones

Editorial de Tim Walker para la revista W en su edición de septiembre de 2012


11 mayo 2013

Winona Ryder-Dark Vixen

Una Winona Ryder demasiado delgada pero muy atractiva como femme fatale ;-) Pinchar aquí para leer la entrevista publicada en Interview Magazine en su edición de mayo.


09 mayo 2013

Victorian mood

Se nota en algunas series de dibujos animados y en el auge de la tendencia Gothic Lolita :P Los japos sigue soñando con una moda que no "vivieron". Crean y se recrean con los modelitos a lo muñequita antigua con una verdadera pasión por lo victoriano aunque, todo hay que decirlo, por lo regular hacen versiones muy particulares :P 

Yo no me sentido identificada con la tendencia Gothic Lolita en su vertiente más "infantil", por así llamarla: tanto lacito, tantos olanes, tanto rosado y blanco o azul pastel, tanto zapatón y/o botas-botines con plataformas. Pero hay una línea que es austera y sólo se recrea en colores oscuros y mucha sobriedad. Y esa es la que me gusta, la que podría vestir a toda hora y en toda ocasión ;-)

Aquí algunos modelos de la compañía Excentrique, por supuesto, japonesa:


07 mayo 2013

Just one last kiss before raising hell

"Beyond the pale" - The Mission

Cold still waters running deep
Pale before the eyes
By the hands that feed
Thunder clouds the skies
Drifting with the tide
Floating with the stream
The howling winds have gathered strength
From a whisper to a scream

Sell me down the river
And out to sea
Cast me adrift and set me to sail
Just one last kiss before raising hell
Beyond the pale
Beyond the pale

Heed to Neptune's calling deceived in fable and lore
Learn from treacherous bibles
Of murder, hate and war
Searching for the tears
In an ocean of rain
The yearning of the raging sea beckons once again

Sell me down the river
And out to sea
Cast me adrift and set me to sail
Just one last kiss before raising hell
Beyond the pale
Beyond the pale

Gathering of the storm
And the winds are blowing wild
Sweeping over cross and creed, country, colour and child
Mother nature cries for love
Her children lost at sea
And as the waves take me away
Say a prayer for liberty

Sell me down the river
And out to sea
Cast me adrift and set me to sail
Just one last kiss before raising hell
Beyond the pale
Beyond the pale
Beyond the pale
Beyond the pale

Del álbum "Children" (1988)


06 mayo 2013


Editorial del fotógrafo Signe Vistrup para Treats! Magazine, número 3, Primavera 2012