The Philly Peña Attends Premier of El Fandi’s “The Matador.”

Ari Gets El Fandi to agree to meet us for dinner in Pamplona!

Ari Gets El Fandi to agree to meet us for dinner in Pamplona!

Peter towers over bullfighting giant, David Fandila
Peter towers over bullfighting giant, David Fandila

 

On 10/31 the film premiered in the East Village, in NYC, at the Angelika Theatre.  Directed by our new friends Stephen Higgins and Nina Gilden Seavey, the documentary follows David “El Fandi” Fandila as he rises to the world’s greatest active matador.  He’s long been our favorite, even though he isn’t “your grandfather’s” matador.  The film was very positively received, including by the New York Times.  Read the review here

Really, it’s a beautiful film, with a shocking and praiseworthy score.  The surprising stars of the film are David’s endearing family (who takes their mother to a their bullfight?), and Spain’s countryside.

On Friday, we left the Philadelphia Phillies World Series parade and made our way north by NJ Transit.  We are greatly to our NY Taurino Club friends for accommodating our out-of-state incursion, and for welcoming us as their own, and even setting us up with the after party, where we met El Fandi, and his brother, Juan Alvaro.  They were both humble and gracious, and generous with their time.  During a post film Q&A, David promised to run with us next July during San Fermìn, or at least that’s the way I heard it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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About The Philadelphia Peña and Taurino Club

¡Hola! Founded in 1989 in the Food Court of the Echelon Mall in Voorhees, New Jersey, by Peter N. Milligan and Aryeh ("Ari") L. Deutsch, the Philadelphia Peña and Taurino Club celebrates all things Festival of San Fermín between July 6 and 14, and all things Philadelphia, PA and its surrounds the rest of the year.
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