Punta del Este Film Festival Opens in Uruguay

The Brazilian film "João, O Maestro,'' by Mauro Lima, inaugurates today the 21st edition of Punta del Este International Film Festival, in Uruguay, where over 50 national and foreign films will be screened.

With the award for the career of filmmaker Silvio Caiozzi in the Sala Cantegril, this film festival will begin, which will run until February 25.

The festival, considered the most important of its kind in the country and among the best in South America, will show productions from the region and Spain, as well as proposals from Japan, South Korea, Palestine and the independent cinema of the United States, among other nations.

In addition to the world cinema productions, 12 films will be in the Ibero-American Competition and for the first time 'Maldonado Filma' will be presented, according to the schedule announced by the organizing committee.

This initiative will show a dozen audiovisuals made in the homonymous department of the southeast of the country that were chosen by the Audiovisual Incentive Fund of the Municipality and were finalists in the 48th Film Festival.

The Filmusic Fest, in its third edition, will display productions about the lives of music personalities, which include films such as Vinicius, Yo Sandro y Chavela this year.

As in previous days, the Festival of Punta del Este will deliver the 'Mauricio Litman' awards in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and Audience Award.

The festival of celluloid will reach other cities in the territory such as Piriapolis and Aigua, among others, the organizing authorities said.

Argentine actor Miguel Angel Sola will be one of the guests of a week film event and will present the film "El último traje."

This event has the support of the Ministry of Tourism and is linked to other festivals such as Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Rosario, Gramado, and is part of the strategy for the development of the audiovisual industry in Uruguay.

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International Movie Festival Dedicates Tribute to Julio Garcia

The work of Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa (1926-2016), the author of memorable films, will be honored by a homage at the International New Latin American Movie Festival in Havana, in its edition of 2016, here.

The coordinators of the 2016 edition organized a colloquium deicated to his work, and the ways he worked.

In addition to hosting this event, the home of the Festival, in the central neighborhood of Vedado, will be the setting for the presentation of the book 'Viviendo en la Lluvia (Living in the Rain), a compilation of unpublished texts by and about Garcia Espinosa.

The 23 and 12 Movie Theater included in its program a cycle dedicated to the productions of this filmmaker, and on December 11 it will screen screened the film 'La Inutil Muerte de mi Socio Manolo'pointless death of my partner Manolo and the next day will be the turn of a flim called 'Tercer Mundo, Tercera Gueera Mundial'. third world, third world war.

Finally, on December 13 they will screen 'La Batalla del Jigue' (The Battle of Jigüe), film directed by Rogelio Paris (1936-2016) with Garcia Espinosa as co-writer and the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), as leading figure.

Although he worked as a director and actor in vernacular theatre, and also on the radio, young Julio discovered his passion for the movies.

Later, he was the founder of the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry (Icaic) in Cuba, and for a time, worked as Vice-Minister of Culture.

In the penultimate decade of the 20th Century, he was the president of Icaic and of the International New Latin American Movie Festival of Havana. Many documentaries and films, have his own personal stamp.

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Cuban Film Festival To Open, Will Pay Tribute to Fidel

The festival will present 427 Latin American films in 10 days.

Cuba will hold its 38th annual International Festival of New Latin American Cinema from Dec. 8-18 in Havana, the most important cinematographic event in the country.    

The organizers of the festival, in a statement on Nov. 28, mourned the death of their revolutionary leader Fidel Castro: "From the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana we join in the pain of the physical loss of one of our great founders and thinkers in Latin American cinema as a movement that still unites us today ... (Fidel's) idea of promoting culture, and especially the cinema as the major way of liberation for Latin America, has been present in each one of the editions of the festival. The special screening of the film 'La Batalla de Jigüe' ... is a special occasion to recall the struggle that he led that turned Cuba into a beacon of freedom for all the peoples of the world."

The films traditionally presented at this festival have come from several Latin American countries and have contributed to the region's cultural identity, competing under a panel of international judges, including movie directors, screenwriters and actors.

The event will also celebrate 30 years of the International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños, which was created by Fidel and Nobel Prize winner in Literature and Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

According to the head of the festival, Ivan Giroud, this year's edition will also honor Cuban filmmaker Julio Garcia Espinosa. "Julio is an innate provocateur, always contemporary, modern," said Giroud. "In that sense, his ideas are still valid today."

There will be 18 fiction feature films, 22 short and medium length films, 26 documentaries, and 27 animated films, in addition to a German and a Spanish experimental film, as well as productions from other countries in America, Asia, Europe and Africa.


    

"The program we present is a luxury for anyone in the world, including film scholars. Seeing in a condensed place 18 Latin American quality films is a unique aspect of the festival, which makes it a world reference," said Giroud.

Known filmmakers like Tristan Bauer from Argentina, Maria Paredes from Spain, Sonia Bragason from Brazil, and Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone from the U.S. will all be attending the festival. Stone will present his new film called "Snowden," about the life of Edward Snowden, a former contractor who leaked information about the NSA to media in June 2013.

There will be a new section called "Restored Classics" where attendees will be able to see restored versions of classic Cuban movies such as Memories of Underdevelopment, A Cuban Struggle Against the Demons and The Survivors, by Tomas Gutierrez Alea, and Portrait of Teresa by Pastor Vega.

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German Film Festival in Cuba

Seven films make up the German Film Festival set to start late this month in Havana’s 23 y 12 Movies Theater with the sponsorship of the Film Archives, the German Embassy in Havana and the Goethe Institute.

Opening the festival is The State against Fritz Bauer by Lars Kraume, which won Six Lola Awards, the top German film industry prize, including best film, best director and best screenplay. Bauer was the attorney who in the late 1950’s began an investigation into former SS members and leaders in Auschwitz, the famous Nazi concentration and extermination camp in Poland. In fulfilling his mission, Bauer had to face post-war Germany’s judicial circles, mostly made up of lawyers that had worked during the Nazi regime.

The one week festival includes I feel a Disc, by Axel Ranisch and René Rimkus, showing the conflicts between a father and a son; the Story of a Girl, by Mark Monheim, featuring a teenaged story; and the sports movie A Beautiful Horizon, by Stefan Jager. A gloomy vision of the impact of the German reunification on a group of young people is the story brought by When We Dreamed, by Andreas Dresen, while No Return, by Christian Zubert, promotes solidarity and compassion toward people suffering from incurables diseases, and Jack, by Edward Berge, showing the story of two children looking for their mother in a hostile city.

Edited by Damian Donestevez

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Cuban film "La cosa humana" in national movie theatres

La cosa humana, the most recent film of relevant Cuban filmmaker Gerardo Chijona, will be premiered at national movie theatres from January 21, after its screening during the 37th New Latin American International Film Festival.  

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Carlos Varela, The Poet of Havana, in New York

Havana, Cuba, Sep 29.- Cuban song-writer and singer Carlos Varela is launching a concert September 30 in New York along legendary musician Jackson Browne, as part of the Woodstock Film Festival.

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