Danny Boyle watched Amat Escalante's Heli and visited the Guanajuato Mummies' Museum prior his official encounter with the Mexican audience and press at the Guanajuato International Film Festival 2013. July 25 was the Danny Boyle day in Guanajuato Capital, with a good amount of activities involving the legendary British director of such films as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and Trance.
Early in the day, Boyle offered a 2-hour master class and a press conference. At night, he went to the beautiful Teatro Juarez for the main event: Guanajuato's homage to him, accompanied by the screening of Shallow Grave. After being honored, Boyle introduced his first film to an audience mostly composed of press and "very important people".
The festival made a really nice tribute video, as well as a not very cool remix of Trainspotting with Mexican people and music. Since a 2-hour conversation wasn't enough for me, I was hoping for a Q&A after Shallow Grave, but Boyle left the theater as the film began. Some reports indicate he then went to another venue of the festival, where Trainspotting was going to be exhibited back-to-back with Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream.
I attended the master class, the homage and stayed for the fantastic Shallow Grave. It was all a delight, but bellow check yourself the gallery and read the best Danny Boyle quotes in Guanajuato 2013! He talked about the Trainspotting sequel, his favorite film and British director, stupid slow zombies and much more!
“Me siento honrado de estar aquí. Lo siento, no hablo español.” (Boyle said this in Spanish, which means “I feel honored to be here. I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish”).
“To my shame, this is my first time in Mexico. Seeing Heli last night, in the country where it was made and with the presence of the filmmaker (Amat Escalante), the crew and cast, was actually very moving. A wonderful experience.”
“The very first time I introduced Shallow Grave I finished by saying, “please don’t try any of this at home”. Which I repeat now as well, and I hope you enjoy it.”