President of the Official Jury at the Festival in 2013, the acclaimed director Todd Haynes is currently in San Sebastián to present his documentary on the legendary band, the Velvet Underground, in the Perlak section. He confessed that the aim of his film was to reflect a period of unique cultural ferment rather than just provide a portrait of a band, and said that, fifty years after they were formed, the Velvet Underground have now been canonised, and at long last they have been given the recognition that they deserve. However, for this very reason, we tend to forget just how bold and revolutionary their music was even at a time
of extraordinary creativity and cultural ferment like the 1960s in New York. Asked whether he was concerned that the documental might seem biased as he couldn’t interview the two members of the band who are now deceased, he said that he had always thought that the obstacles that you face in any project end up helping you to be more creative. In this case the lack of contemporary footage of Lou Reed during the film
means we have a hunger and a desire for Reed which gives an additional power to the final scene of him chatting with Andy Warhol shortly before the latter’s death.