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I am a great sport’s fan. I even discovered that I enjoy watching most of them. Of course I have some favorite ones, and basketball is at the top of my list. So it isn’t a big surprise to say that I am carefully following the NBA finals.

Two nights ago I stood awake to watch the game 5 of the finals. I never was convinced by the Miami Heat team and this because of the “three amigos” : two out of the three couldn’t be my amigos, because of their behaviour in and off the court. So was it that for those finals I took the side of Oklahoma City Thunders, a group of young guns including a swiss made one. But from a purely basketball way of playing, my heart goes to San Antonio or Boston – this year even Indiana pleased me with their team play.

Since the beginning of June,  the soccer Euro championship is taking place in central Europe : Poland and Ukraine. Because of some family background, I am used to watch soccer – I used to play as well – and so I am always interested in those championships. But year after year , I tend to get more frustrated by the evolution of that sport and I do change channel more often. What particularly annoys me is the profile of the new players, specially the strikers : most of them don’t run, most of them are only waiting for the ball to reach them, most of them shout on each other when something isn’t done the way the wanted it to be. Overall I do have the  feeling that this sport became the most individualistic team sport.

20 years ago I was proudly wearing a complete Jordan basketball outfit in front of my TV…and watching Barcelona Olympic tournament. I was a 13 years old kid totally crazy about basketball and having the US dream team and my heroes – Magic and Bird, yes sorry despite my clothes I wasn’t such a Jordan fan – in this little box in front of me will remain a great memory. By that time all that counted to me was how to play a better game and my teachers – apart from my coach – were those guys.

In order to celebrate those 20 years, the NBA produced a documentary about the team and all the players were interviewed within the last  months : I felt back in those years – I wasn’t wearing the Jordan outfit this time but I felt like – and for 70 minutes I couldn’t believe what I was hearing : not all of them were enthusiastic about joining the team, but all of them wanted to play with their best enemies. All of them wanted to be in the team to be able to compete with their greatest rivals. And once they were onboard and taking it all far to easily vs a sparing team of young college boys (yes the first game of the Dream Team was a defeat), they used their ego to boost their talent. They worked on what the weakness of the team was to turn it onto their main strength.

So on the game five of these 2012 NBA finals I rediscovered a great team and great players that deserved their ring. I felt again like in front of the dream team ; of course the style has changed, basketball of today is far different from the one 20 years ago – as it was 40 years ago etc etc – but one thing that doesn’t change is the work out. What doesn’t change is what takes you to be a great champion : work, effort, humility and the passion for the game. The love for the game.

I will watch the rest of the Soccer Euro Championship and hope to find such. For now I can only quote a journalist who said that ” players feel like they are big guns with their national teams and that they can behave like spoiled stars, when within their normal team they are nobody, even sometimes not sure to be part of the starters”

I will watch London 2012 Olympic tournament and look forward to see which team will have this love for the game.

I am happy for Miami and their ring, and happy for Oklahoma they could make it to the finals – and even more of what this experience of the defeat will bring them.

And finally, one day, I will find a clear opportunity to show my love for the game in a movie. That will be really cool !

For now, let’s have fun and work on it !

Great sunny days…

so what can be better than hiding in theaters to watch movies ?

Actually I have been and will still be visiting the Oenovideo Festival held in Aigle, a movie festival dedicated to any type of movies about wine. The first thing I can tell is when you spend the day there, you feel like drinking wine. You want to try what is on screen, but when you go out of the theater and that you see you are surrounded by vineyards, well, it is hard to not get thirsty !

Yesterday I could watch a couple of movies and must say I was pretty surprised. Indeed two different treatments and styles, but at the end the similar purpose : magnifying and celebrating what is wine making. If the idea is good and as wine amateur I definitely like when people are passionate.

However I felt, from a movie making point of view, that something was missing. Maybe is it only my tastes and preferences that always will need a deeper bond with reality or simply the ability to put in images most of the full picture of a situation, even if it goes against the celebration of the topic….but to say it in other words my usual ” we need to go beyond the fascination for the topic to enter the meaty part of life…and of the documentary” feeling was present.

I will only describe you the scene of a movie that kept me thoughtful for the day :

The movie is about harvest time in California. On one side you interview the vineyards owners. On the other you record and interview the workers, most of them Mexicans. You are given to understand that owners value their workers but that the hierarchy is needed. (ok just like in most corporations). Then you are following the 2011 harvest with its great moments. But of course you know most of the workers are / were illegals. How did they enter the US border ? Some of them say how, and specially one who says : I had to dig under the fence and I could make it. Fine. Next scene, a vineyard owner who talks about he fact they got awaken one night, 3 am, because of wild pigs in their vineyards. At least 30 of them. How  come ? He goes out to check it with his rifle and sees they run away. On next morning…a hole below the fence…and for 5 min to explain how they enter, how they destroy and spoil their cultures and that they are loosing at lot because of them and that they are not the only farmers suffering from that. And how to trap them.

There was I lost / not sure to understand the director’s point of view on the topic. But for sure I was feeling uncomfortable with this very goofy editing, and so I understood the following :

– there is a split in the  full picture of life and celebrating wine can overcome and win over any little political/ social involvement , little details that are nothing in comparison to the beauty of wine making…

– above sentence is re-applicable to any other movie, or discussion or action or personal choices, etc etc

= it is hard to find the right balance, when making a movie, on what works for the movie, what respects the reality of what you filmed, and what will be the dominant topic and overall coherence of the movie

All this to say ; I wasn’t comfortable with that editing, but overall images , style were nice and pleasant. Were my social expectations in line with the movie ? Probably not. And so this Festival is a great celebration of wine, as a main character. Like a great song, nothing else (really) matters.

So still one day to come, let’s see what it brings. It s a bit early to open a bottle and drink – well it depends where you are living on this earth – but what you can do if you are on rehab, and if you have an hour and ten minutes is to follow this link :

When coming back from Aigle I told myself : time to put WINOBRANIE movie online so that everyone can watch it, like it or not, comment it or not. And for sure all the comments I made above are kind of valid for my movie as well….but I do believe I didn’t miss the social part..maybe the wine one for sure !

So have fun and don’t hesitate to comment it !

cheers !

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