On 1st November, The European Nature Trust hosted a screening party for the UK Premiere of ‘100 Days of Solitude’ – José Díaz’s visually stunning celebration of the wilderness of Asturias, northern Spain, which pushes us to reconsider our relationship with nature and our place in it.
Guests arrived at BAFTA in the evening and were welcomed into the Princess Anne Theatre with popcorn and a lovely glass of Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Blanc de Blancs, or a bottle of Black Isle Brewery’s organic beer.
– VANESSA REDGRAVE AND CARLO NERO ARRIVING AT BAFTA
Whilst everyone took their seats, we enjoyed a beautiful acoustic Spanish guitar performance by Adrian Sola.
– ADRIAN SOLA PLAYING SPANISH GUITAR
Once the audience was settled, we heard from our lead sponsor – Fundación EDP. The Executive Director of the Foundation, Vanda Martins, presented their mission to strengthen the sustainable development commitment of EDP in the areas in which the group operates.
She explained how the efficient and responsible generation and use of energy plays a key role in global sustainable development and how, within that framework, the Foundation places special emphasis on supporting environmental, social, cultural and educational projects.
– VANDA MARTINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FUNDACIÓN EDP
We then heard from the film’s producer, and TENT Ambassador, José María Morales, who gave an introduction to the film and its creation.
José María explained that José Díaz was unable to attend the screening at short notice due to back pain, but that his family were in the audience. He introduced a short video address from Díaz, who, from his home in Spain, expressed his deep regret at not being there and explained a little about his experience making the film. “I decided to embark on the adventure of spending one hundred days alone in my cabin, totally detached from life and, at the same time, so connected. I left behind such important things – my family, my friends – but also many other things that I ended up realising were not important in the slightest.”
The image of Díaz at home on his couch faded into the feature – his epic adventure living for a hundred days in the mountains of Asturias in complete self-sufficiency and solitude, without any communication with the outside world. Entirely self-recorded, the film was a beautiful documentation of the beauty of Díaz’s surroundings and his experience connecting to nature and it showed us how it is still possible, in our frantic world, to live in harmony with it.
– SCREENING OF 100 DAYS OF SOLITUDE IN BAFTA’S PRINCESS ANNE THEATRE
Just before moving from the screening to the reception room, guests were given the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to explore the Cantabrian Mountains of Asurias, northern Spain, in search of bears and wolves.
The experience will be hosted by director and star of 100 Days of Solitude, José Díaz, and leading wildlife experts Guillermo Palomero and Juan Carlos Blanco. It was sold to some lucky winners for a fantastic price, which will be donated to Fundación Oso Pardo, our supported project on the ground!
– A WONDERFUL CROWD GATHERED IN BAFTA’S DAVID LEAN RECEPTION ROOM
Guests then moved to BAFTA’s David Lean room, which had been transformed to elicit the Asturian wilderness theme. The reception got going as The Botanist Gin began serving delicious Botanist & Tonics from their herbal bar and the canapés started circulating.
Platters of Alladale Wilderness Reserve’s venison burgers were then served, along with some fantastic vegetarian and vegan options, whilst the wonderful Cinco Jotas continued diligently dishing out plates of melt-in-your-mouth jamón Ibérico.
– CINCO JOTAS CARVING THEIR FINEST IBÉRICO HAM
As guests departed at the end of the evening, they left with a lovely gift bag by Fortnum & Mason. It included some fine English breakfast tea, a bottle of Pedrino alcoholic spritz, a Natura Siberica bath product, a DVD of the movie and our trusty TENT bear!
– GIFT BAGS PROVIDED BY FORTNUM & MASON
If you were inspired by the evening and would like to travel to Asturias with us in support of Fundación Oso Pardo, there will be more opportunities to do so in 2019 – please do get in touch if you’d like to visit!
With thanks to: BAFTA, Wanda Films, Fundación EDP, Charles Russell Speechlys, Cinco Jotas, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, The Botanist Gin, Fortnum & Mason, Black Isle Brewery, Pedrino, Jamie Lucas photography, and our wonderful volunteers.