December 9, 2016
The fact that over 1,500 films have opted to take part in the 38th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, although the organizing committee decided that only 111 can compete for the main awards is a sign that Havana has become the hub of seventh art, and not only for our region.
From this Thursday after the official opening of Havana´s International Film Festival by Director Iván Giroud cinema will become a fixed idea for a public which loves to be seduced by the big screen. The decision of shortening the contest two days is based on the public´s demand for watching the prize-winning films.
The current festival is dedicated to Cuban filmmaker Julio García Espinosa and to the 30 years of San Antonio de los Baños International Movie and Television School. This institution deserved the Coral Prize of Honour and as Giroud recalled is the result of the political will of the Cuban Revolution and Fidel´s capacity for realizing the dreams which seemed impossible for the peoples of the Third World.
The moving audiovisuals screened at the Karl Marx Theatre showed the visits of Commander in Chief to the school which through the years has become the school of the whole world making evident Fidel´s effort for achieving Latin American integration also in the field of movies.
The Festival was opened with a presentation of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba Company, who combined in its performance three faces of the Cuban film history: Eslinda Núñez, Mirtha Ibarra and Daysi Granados with singers Idania Valdés, Yaíma Sáez and Luna Manzanares.
The film which opened the exhibitions was El ciudadano ilustre by Argentines Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn which is joined by another 17 in the category for full-length fiction movies, where Cuba qualified with Últimos días en La Habana, by Fernando Pérez; Ya no es antes, by Lester Hamlet, and Sharing Stella, by Enrique Álvarez.
As part of the hard work undertaken by Cuba´s Cinema, during these days guest actresses Sonia Braga and Marisa Paredes will be of great attraction for many, as well as the section of recovered Classics which will invite film lovers to review outstanding movies like Memorias del subdesarrollo, by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, and Retrato de Teresa, by Pastor Vega.Translated by ESTI