Noted photographer Ivan Naples received Thursday the National Film Award 2016 from the hands of Julian Gonzalez, Minister of Culture, and Robert Smith, president of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), who presented him with a piece of plastic artist Nelson Dominguez.
The emblematic figure of the national documentarist, Naples stood out among a dozen candidates for their contribution to the development of cinema and Cuban culture. The uniqueness of his work, "an exemplary fusion of talent, technique and artistic awareness " make it worthy of the laurel, the highest honour awarded by the ICAIC to a living film maker and resident in Cuba, highlighted Eduardo Heras León reading the minutes of the jury.
The presentation, held at the Film Fresa y Chocolate Cultural Center, Naples thanked all those who in one way or another, have been linked to his work and recalled especially Santiago Alvarez, with whom he began working as a cameraman at the end of the ´60s in the Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano.
He made more than a thousand newscasts between 1960 and 1991. He was a war correspondent and as a cameraman made numerous documentaries. His lens is present in much of the documentary work of Santiago Alvarez, and also that of filmmakers like Julio Garcia Espinosa, Fernando Pérez, Rebeca Chavez, Rogelio Paris, Rolando Diaz and Lourdes de los Santos.
Viaje al país que ya no existe (Trip to the country that no longer exists) (2015), documentary by filmmaker and actress Isabel Santos, collects the experiences of Naples as a photographer in the Vietnam War, who at 83 years is still active in film production.
The award was presented this March 24, the 57th anniversary of the foundation of the ICAIC.
Translated by ESTI