“It’s not about love or hate, it’s about the nebulous situation of being human,” Leopoldo Gout explained over a flute of Casa Dragones tequila at the Gramercy Park Hotel’s Rose Bar on Monday night. Gout produced “Dias de Gracia,” the Cannes-lauded film directed by his brother, Everardo Gout (who is currently in Paris), and was on hand to fete its New York premiere.
“Sometimes to create peace we have to show the truth,” added a representative from Project Paz, the charity which, along with the aforementioned tequila brand, co-sponsored the premiere. “This movie is an example of the truth.”
Gout had insisted on researching the charity (which aims to promote peace and increase awareness of the violent climate in Mexico) before linking causes.
“I was wary of these charities that just put money in the pockets of the people who don’t need it, and Project Paz were real; they are making a difference,” Gout said. “This film took five years to make…It came out of my brother’s fears from living in Mexico City with his young daughter. It was important to us not to show Mexico in a bad light. We wanted to show how a good person turns bad and a bad person can turn good…and how [during] every World Cup worldwide crime goes down, some large percentage. We found that funny and we found that interesting and we found that…human.”
Thakoon Panichgul and Paul Haggis were both on hand for the intimate screening of the gritty, intense film, which opened with a Gabriel Garcia Marques quote: “Life is not how you live it, but how you tell it.”