Lucia, Emblematic Cuban Film in Cannes Film Festival

Film "Lucia", considered one of the masterpieces of cinema in Cuba, will be screened in a restored version during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, which is now living its second session in France.

The film by filmmaker Humberto Solás is one of the 20 materials chosen for the Cannes Classics 2017 section, dedicated to presenting recovered works that marked the history of cinema internationally.

Produced in 1968, Lucia is composed of three episodes located at different times in the history of Cuba, each of them is starred by a woman with that name.

The film marked a milestone in the film production of Cuba in the fruitful 1960s, along with the film Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment), by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, which was screened in the Cannes Classics section last year.

According to the information disclosed, the Cineteca of Bologna is responsible for preparing the technical and organizational details for the exhibition of the restored film, scheduled for May 27 in the room Luis Buñuel of the city of Cannes, a French city that hosts one of the major film festivals in the world.

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Almodóvar to Preside Over Cannes Jury

Extravagant Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar will preside over the jury of Cannes Film Festival, which celebrates its 70th anniversary, its organizers announced on Tuesday.

"Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist. His work has already curved out an eternal niche in film history", said Pierre Lescure and Thierry Fremaux.

He is a director with 35 years of experience behind the scenes with films such as groundbreaking “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, which picked an Oscar nomination in 1988.

Among the top actors and actresses of his one-of-a-kind universe of black humor, pop culture and sex are Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas.

The filmmaker, 67, said that he’d devote himself “body and soul” to his task as president of the jury and that he is “grateful, honored and a bit overwhelmed”.

The festival will run in the French city of Cannes from May 17 to 28.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff 

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