Juan Pablo Rebella was, along with his longtime partner Pablo Stoll, the best Uruguayan filmmaker and one of our greatest artists. He was 32 years old and he killed himself yesterday. It is enormously painful to refer to him in past tense. He left us with fragmented memories, his wit, his passion for soccer videogames and a couple of great films (Whisky and 25 Watts.) With them, he gathered a long string of awards, including the Goya Award and the Rotterdam, Tokyo and Cannes Film Festival. But those were just awards given by foreign juries. More importantly, he unpretentiously taught his generation that it is possible to do great things in a country that lost hope. rLast time I saw Juan Pablo he was devouring, happy as a kid, a box of Danish butter cookies that I brought. We talked about videogames and other trivial things. I used to joke that when I grew up I wanted to be like him. I still do. I can't believe what just happened. Juan Pablo decided to step out of this train a few stops before his and, while it is incredibly painful, we have no choice but to wave goodbye at him while doing our best to keep a big smile on our faces. Tiny Uruguay will be unbearably smaller without him.