Óscar Peyrou (69) is a film critic and the president of the FIPRESCI-Awards in Madrid. For the last thirty years he has travelled to film festivals all around the world as the cultural reporter for the news Agency EFE. Oscar’s life is now empty. Two years ago his wife, and mother of his children, died. He left her a year ago for a much younger woman. He now lives blaming himself in a small apartment in Madrid.
He’s been retired for a few years, but he stills goes to festivals as a critic or jury member. Film festivals have become the motor for his life, his main dream. But for some time, there is something that threatens his frequent travels.
Since he was a small child, he has been diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. His last surgery didn’t go well and he’s lost a great deal of vision. Going out has become a hard task. He always comes back home with some sort of wound. But he keeps this problem a secret, he doesn’t want to quit going to film festivals around the world, even if his bad vision difficults the tasks of watching the films.
For Oscar it is not difficult to conceal the problem. His mastery in the art of deceiving goes back to the 70s, when he was part of the guerrilla againss the military dictatorship in Argentina. He managed to avoid torture and survive those years thanks to his capacity for twisting reality and making believe that he was on the government’s side. That’s how he managed to flee the country in 76 with his wife and his two children.
Cannes, Bafici, San Sebastián, Karlovy Vary, Sevilla, Valencia, Las Palmas, Chicago, Busan, Guadalajara (Mexico). In truth, he doesn’t care for the movies – he just likes to visit the cities, meet with old friends, eat well, stay in a good hotel. He always finds a way to talk about films when some journalist asks, he has invented a good method for it. A movie poster says a lot about the film.