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El Guincho

by Marc Rickenbach

El Guincho “Bombay”

Sure, I’m a little late in bringing up the new El Guincho video for “Bombay”. Maybe it’s because I didn’t really know what to say about it. Or because I’ve just been too busy watching it on repeat, searching out all the films it made me think of, then watching those. And yes, this song would probably be more appropriate in hot weather. But regardless, here we are in the new year with a brilliant video that retreats back to the liberated style of 1970s underground filmmaking, and that’s just as good in winter as it is in summer.

Pablo Diaz-Reixa, better known as El Guincho, plays the Carl Sagan part well in the opening of the video, inviting the viewer on a “journey through the cosmos” which in fact is more or less a sequence of images that could be pulled from most anyone’s dreams — if we would admit to them. Directed by Barcelona based filmmaker Nicolás Mendez, the stochastic imagery isn’t really all too random. You have your love, death, fear, sex, war, violence, tenderness, the absurd (people in animal costumes, people as bookshelves). And from the looks of it there are plenty of references, in both style and content, to such filmmakers as Carlos Saura, Luis Bunuel, or even Godard’s later commercial work.

In fact, the video is actually a trailer for an upcoming film of the same name (”Bombay,” also directed by Mendez). If this trailer is any indication, the feature film should contain more scenes of painted breasts, inventively simulated sexual acts with household appliances, hidden field recorders and a whole slew of the artistically bizarre that makes El Guincho (and apparently Mendez) so fascinating to not only watch, but also to listen to.

“Bombay” is from the album “Pop Negro” out now on Young Turks.

For more videos, art and information on Nicolás Mendez — who works under the name CANADA — visit his site at


par Marc Rickenbach

D’accord, je sais bien que cette nouvelle vidéo d’El Gunincho de «Bombay» n’est pas tout récente. C’est sûrement parce je ne sais pas trop quoi dire dessus ou que j’ai été trop occupé à la regarder encore et encore, à chercher à quels films elle me faisait penser pour aller vérifier ensuite en les regardant. Et oui, cette chanson serait effectivement plus adaptée aux périodes plus chaleureuses de l’année. Mais en y regardant de plus près, nous débutons cette nouvelle année avec une vidéo remarquable qui nous renvoie directement au style libéré et avant-gardiste du cinéma underground des années 70 et au final, c’est aussi agréable en hiver que cela le serait en été.

Pablo Diaz-Reixa, mieux connu sous le nom de El Guincho, joue la partie de Carl Sagan au début de sa vidéo. Il entraine les spectateurs dans « un voyage dans le cosmos» qui est en réalité une succession d’images qui auraient pu être plus ou moins tirées de rêves anodins, pourvu que vous y adhériez. Réalisé par Nicolás Mendez, cinéaste résidant à Barcelone, cette imagerie aléatoire n’est pas vraiment faite au hasard. Vous y retrouvez l’amour, la mort, la peur, le sexe, la guerre, la violence, la sensibilité, l’absurde (des hommes dans des costumes d’animaux, des hommes déguisés en bibliothèques). Et dans cet ensemble il y a une multitude de références, autant dans le style que dans le contenu, à de nombreux réalisateurs comme Calors Saura, Luis Bunuel ou encore les derniers travaux de Godard à vocation plus commerciale.

En réalité, cette vidéo est la bande annonce d’un prochain film du même nom («Bombay», également réalisé par Mendez). Si cette bande annonce ne donne aucune indication, ce long métrage devrait contenir plus de scènes de seins nus, d’actes sexuels inventifs, simulés sur des appareils électroménagers et enregistrés en secret. En somme une quantité d’éléments insolites qui font l’originalité de El Guincho (ainsi que Mendez). Trop passionnant pour n’être que regardé, il faut également l’écouter.

« Bombay » est un extrait de l’album « Pop Negro » actuellement sorti sur Young Turks.

Pour plus d’informations et de vidéos sur Nicolás Mendez– qui travaille sous le nom de CANADA– visitez son site




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Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  
Scott began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 




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