The 36th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema will open today at 8:00 pm at the Karl Marx, with ten days to present to the public a program with over 400 films.
Some 21 fiction feature films, as many debuts and medium-length and short films, 30 documentaries, 23 animated, 25 unpublished scripts and 11 posters will be competing for the Coral awards.
Our Island is most represented in this year's contest. A total of six Cuban films will be in the competition: The wall of words, by Fernando Pérez; Venice, byKiki Álvarez; Conduct, by Ernesto Daranas; Fatima in Fraternity Park, by Jorge Perugorría; the opera prima Vestido de novia, by Marilyn Solaya, and the animated Pinky, by Ernesto Padrón. From our harvest four shorts, three documentaries, three more animated, and four unpublished scripts are also involved.
The film event will also be the opportunity to get in touch with the work done in the field of cinema elsewhere, beyond our continent. For this festival there are German, Canadian, Spanish, Italian and American films, which include, this time, a selection of Japanese animated films.
To pay tribute to Gabo, Gabriel García Márquez, whose life was closely linked to the cinema in the region, a panel will address this passion of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who was founder of the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños and president of the Foundation of the New Latin American Cinema. Precisely, the editorial seal of that institution will present at the event the text Love Unrequited, by Maria Lourdes Cortez. At the same time, three documentaries (Finding Gabo, Gabriel García Márquez: the Haunted Writing and Hundred Years of Solitude) will be screened at the Cuba Pavilion movie theatre.
Exhibitions, books, seminars and lectures, meetings with filmmakers and actors round out this cultural festival that is, every December, the Film Festival in Havana.
Translated by ESTI