Chronicle on the premiere of the film Two de Force, by Cuban-American actor and director Orestes Matacena.
On June 18, by happy coincidence with the 70th birthday of former Beatle Paul McCartney, the film Two de Force by Cuban-American filmmaker Orestes Matacena and producer Orna Rachovitsky, his partner in life, premiered in Los Angeles at the celebrated Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The film, a satire about an alleged Chinese-American conflict, has all the features of a Dr. Strangelove of the 21th Century: a message, humor, rhythm, several morals and dignity in its making, like that 1964 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the unforgettable Peter Sellers playing President Adlai Stevenson.
Two de Force has a deluxe cast with Luke Steward (President Obama), Jesse Wang (top Chinese leader), Patty Kelly (Hillary Clinton), Tim Hodgin (Joe Biden), the surprising Viet Wilcots as Michelle Obama, Patty Negri as Jill Biden and Orna Rachovitsky as Janet Napolitano.
This is Orestes’s exclusive story for Cubanow.net readers:
I haven’t written to you before because I had a lot of pressure for days, solving one problem after another and tying up loose ends so that the Two de Force premiere would come off at the highest levels. Thank God it did. Everything was exquisite. More than 200 people couldn’t enter the exhibition hall.
We completely filled the theater of the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES.
After that day, the following ones were also very intense. Today is Sunday and it’s been the first day we’ve taken a couple of hours break. As soon as I finish writing you, I have to go back to the madness!
Here’s a capsule of the night of the premiere for you:
There was a line of more than 500 people, who waited almost two hours to enter the ACADEMY building.
When they began to enter, I noticed that the security designed to guarantee the normal unfolding of the premiere had the highest levels of quality and exigency.
I asked: “Does all this security correspond to the case that people won\'t like the movie and start shooting at us?” And those in charge of security answered me: “No, thank Bin Laden.”
The corridor leading to the building is almost a block long before reaching the first lobby, where there’s a red carpet on which all the paparazzi stand with their cameras.
Actors and celebrities had thousands of pictures taken and gave interviews. A part of the public stayed watching the artists and celebrities being photographed on the red carpet. Others entered the second lobby and others went into the theater to get better seats.
The introduction was great and extremely amusing. I wrote a little script for the movie presentation so it would be as good as possible and save time.
Also so jokes told would be the funniest possible. Nothing could be left to free will. Everything had to be precise and flawless.
An actor mounted the rostrum and began telling the audience to turn off their cell phones, to relax, etc., and also said that the director had told him to say that if by chance somebody fell asleep watching the movie, the person sitting beside them should punch them to wake them up.
Afterwards, he introduced a T.V. star who acts in the movie. Britt Griffith is the star of Ghost Hunters. He goes around the U.S. looking for ghosts and holds “séances” to speak with the spirits, etc.
When the actor introduced Britt Griffith, he told the audience Britt would hold a séance to release all the bad spirits from the theater; and after the movie finished, he would begin to do private consultations if somebody wanted. The audience was laughing to death.
When Britt Griffith got to the rostrum, he made some jokes and he introduced Orna and me and said we would say a couple of words. But knowing myself like I do, I was going to say more words than Griffith was expecting.
I made the audience laugh several times and warned them we had paramedics and a couple of ambulances standing by in case anybody in the audience had an “attack” seeing Two de Force.
The public burst out laughing.
I also said there were already seven billion people in the world and there was one I considered unique. I paused a long time and after I said they should forgive me for the long pause because just thinking about that person made me feel sentimental.
Finally I concluded: “That person… is me!” The audience roared with laughter.
So that the audience had more or less of an idea what they would see and wouldn’t be afraid of expressing their emotions while watching the movie, I mentioned that Two de Force has POLITICS, ACTION, DRAMA, HUMOR and is INTENSE, POLITICALLY INCORRECT and DARING.
Finally I told them I felt myself the happiest man in the world, not because Two de Force was being shown in the ACADEMY, nor even because of the audience present, but because of producer Orna Rachovitsky, who is my partner in all senses of the word and the pillars that support me.
Orna crossed her arms on the rostrum and after rested her face in her arms only letting them see her hair, as if saying “stop talking already!” The audience again burst out laughing. Then Orna took the floor, and thanked them for being there and for standing in line so long to enter the Academy and finally, to enjoy Two de Force.
During the projection of the movie, one could hear how the audience enjoyed every moment.
When the show finished, there was a reception with food and drinks in the lobby.
León (Ichaso) sent me an e-mail that same night, extremely excited. I’ll send it to you as soon as I have a chance.
A warm embrace,
Translated by Roberto Espí Valero
Revised by CF Ray