31 May 2010: My first trip to Düsseldorf aside from spending the night at the airport once last year. Walking into the Metropol Kino felt a bit like entering an old Wim Wenders film – some kind of cozy remnant of an old world left virtually untouched by 21st century frenzy. I immediately felt at home, and got a real kick out of the kind folks from the theater as well as the hilarious photographer Wolfgang Vaneick, who was always dreaming up some new way of getting me to pose here and there.
Nothing remarkable to report about the Q & A. Just doing my thing and happy so many people asked questions and stuck around to the end. Hopefully word-of-mouth will spread and the film will play here for a while. It was definitely nice to see a bigger crowd than in Saarbrücken. Special thanks to Olga from W-Film and to Eric Horst, Frank Wickinghoff, and all the nice folks at the Metropol for being such kind hosts.
One of the many nice benefits of touring around the country is getting to see old friends again. Here in Düsseldorf I stayed with Lukas and Mina, whom I met through a mutual friend in Berlin way back in the early-1990s, and visited again a couple of times when we were all living in LA for a while. We had fallen out of touch until our paths crossed on Facebook last year. It was a lot of fun having them come see FORGETTING DAD with their daughter Shay, and hanging out with them afterwards.
Off to Aachen and Cologne tomorrow.