European Film Festival in Cuba to Screen 18 Films from 16 Countries

The third European Film Festival in Cuba will show, from June 5 to 17, in this capital, 18 films from 16 countries of the so-called old continent, organizers of the event announced today.

The programmer of the Cinematheque of Cuba, Antonio Mazón, commented in a press conference the presentation of 14 fiction feature films, a documentary and three co-productions made by Latin American filmmakers that would have been impossible without the contribution of European companies.

Most of the works are premieres in Cuba and can be seen at three venues: 23 y 12 cinema, Multicine Infanta and the Center for the interpretation of Cuba-Europe cultural relations, located at the Palacio del Segundo Cabo.

According to Mazón, the films come from member states of the European Union such as Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Denmark, Italy, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

Among the titles on the program are works recognized in international festivals such as The Emigrants, Different Worlds, Notes on Blindness, Magical Mystery, Rosita, Beautiful Youth and Winter.

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The 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema Started

Havana, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The premiere in Cuba of Brazilian feature film ''O Filme da minha vida'' (The Movie of My Life), by Selton Mello, is marking today the opening of the 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

The opening gala of the event will take place at Karl Marx Theater in this capital, and will begin with a concert by Camerata Romeu chamber orchestra and Cuban pianist Alejandro Falcon.

The Coral Prize of Honor will be given to Carlos Diegues, one of the representative figures of the Brazilian Cinema Novo movement, who in turn is one of the producers of 'O Filme da minha vida', a work based on the book 'Un padre de pelicula' (A Father of Film), by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta.

The cast of the feature film -set in southern Brazil in the 1960s- is comprised of actors Johnny Massaro (Tony Terranova), Vincent Cassel (Nicolas Terranova), Bruna Linzmeyer (Luna Madeira), Martha Nowill (Carmelia) and Mello (Paco).

The 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema will exhibit in Havana about 404 films from today until December 17.

According to the director of the Festival, Ivan Giroud, about 19 fiction feature films, 18 premier, 23 documentaries, 18 shorts and medium-length films, 16 animated films, 20 unpublished scripts and 24 posters will compete this year for the Coral Prize.

The 39th edition of the event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Universidad del Cine, an academic institution in Argentina that has formed personalities of the Seventh Art, and in honor of the centenary of the October Revolution, it will exhibit the 1927 film entitled 'Oktyabr' (October), by Sergei Eisenstein.

The event will also pay tribute to North American film director, James Ivory, who will travel to Havana to present nine of his own fiction films, two of them with screenplays by Japanese novelist, Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Noble Prize in Literature this year.

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Havana Film Festival to Pay Tribute to James Ivory

Havana, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, which will take place in this capital city from December 8th to 17th, will pay tribute to U.S. director James Ivory with eight films from his fruitful career, said organizers today.

Ivory will be paid homage by screening films he shot between the mid-1980s and 2005, including the awarded films 'The remains of the day' and 'Return to Howards End,' said president of the festival Pavel Giroud.

The films to honor Ivory, 89, also include 'Mr. and Mrs. Bridge', 'A Room with a View', 'The White Countess', 'The City of Your Final Destination', 'Jefferson in Paris' and 'Le Divorce'.

The 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, which is the most important cinema event organized in Cuba, will also pay tribute to the October Revolution on occasion of its centenary, with a restored copy of 'October', a silent film by Russian great filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, premiered in 1928 and considered a classic film.

The 39th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema will be held in 10 movie theaters of Havana, in which more than 400 films from the region and other parts of the world will be screened.

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The Lion King: Beyonce confirms role in remake

US singer Beyonce is to take a lead role in the remake of Disney's The Lion King.

She will voice the role of lioness Nala, next to lead character Simba, played by Donald Glover.

Beyonce used Facebook to confirm her long-rumoured involvement in the project.

Her other co-stars include Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Seth Rogan as Pumba the warthog. James Earl Jones will play Mufasa, as he did in the 1994 original.

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British comedian John Oliver has also been cast as Zazu, the hornbill voiced by Rowan Atkinson in the first film.

The film is being conceived along the same lines as another recent remake, The Jungle Book, which also saw big names voicing photorealistic computer-generated animals.

It is scheduled for release in July 2019 and will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also led The Jungle Book reboot.

In a statement, he said: "It is a director's dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life."

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Movie and other Shows

The Cuban movies are using their facilities to offer musical, humorous and circus ones. However, when that was legalized?

It was in 1841 on January 29th when the changes of the Decree number 1396, which was regulating the hiring of films, added the compulsory measure for theaters and movie theaters from the provincial capitals and communities with more than 20.000 inhabitants to present Cuban artists who would be then performing twice a week, as a minimum. The decree would be in effect on March 4th from that year.

On May 1944, it was repealed the decree number 1396 as it had been contested by the then National Businessmen Association of Cuba. It was a legal battle which had allegedly been won the following year when those changes had already been applied and many shows were allowed in spite of us there were many ones who took them for granted and the related history continues.

In 1945, the local Labor Ministry forced the fulfilment of a related decree by allowing the aforementioned shows, along with the showing of films. It was on May of that same year that the Treasury Department freed from tributes and entrance taxes those ones who were then presenting much more shows rather than films only. The Labor Ministry showed then its disagreement about it

A new decree number 2100 forced the premiere movie theaters that were then linked to enterprises to present artists and musicians, daily. The other movie theaters were released from that measure and that caused some riots at the entrance of some of them and there were some members of the audience who got injured.

Those protests got to the presidency of the nation, along with the threat about closing movies as a symbolic gesture of rebelliousness. There are some businessmen who were detained by the police and there were many ones who were then in favor about increasing the price of the entrances when those shows were going to be carried out.

The racket ended in August 1945 when the premiere movies, except the Payret one, were then presenting artist every day and the other ones every ten days.

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Nineteen Films Confirmed for European Festival in Cuba

Havana, May 23 (Prensa Latina) The 2nd edition of the European Movie Festival in Cuba will exhibit 19 films coming from 16 nations from June 1st to 11 in this capital, announced organizers of the event here.

Petra Rohler, representative of the cultural section of the German Embassy in Cuba, was happy when she knew that the film 'Fukushima Mon Amour', the most recent one by director Doris Dörrie, was chosen for the opening ceremony.

Rohler said the film is a very human one, artistically well elaborated, reflecting the pain for the loss suffered after the nuclear accident occured in March 2011 in Japan.

The film presents a friendship between a mature Japanese geisha, a survivor of the accident, and a young German woman who reaches the place of the tragedy, as part of a company of clowns, trying to give back the joy to the affected people, in the middle of the catastrophe.

This film received awards in the Movie Festival of Berlin last year and director Doris Dorrie obtained the Heiner Carow Award, while actress Rosalie Thomass won one of the awards at the Bavarian Movie Festival and was nominated to win another at the German Movie Festival.

For his part, the programmer of Cinemateca de Cuba, Antonio Mazón, noted at a press conference the humanism of the 14 feature films and five documentaries selected for the second edition of the event, most of them, premieres in Cuba.

The films come from 16 member countries of the European Union: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Sweden.

The 23 and 12 Theater, Havana's Palacio del Segundo Cabo, center for the interpretation of the Cuban-European cultural relations, and the Infanta Movie Complex, will be the hosts of the second European Movie Festival in Cuba.

As part of this event, the Orchestra of the Lyceum of Havana will be coming on June 5 at the Oratorio San Felipe Neri for performing a concert titled 'Classical Music in European Cinema', in which musical pieces from various nationalities.

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Alfredo Guevara Film Week Closes

Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) After several days of debate about the seventh art in Latin America, the 10th Alfredo Guevara in Memoriam Film Week came to an end in the Cuban eastern city of Holguin, its traditional venue.

Dedicated to the founder of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the initiative reached cultural and student centers throughout the country and also paid tribute to the Revolution's historic leader, Fidel Castro, and Ernesto Che Guevara for the 50th anniversary of his death.

Participants analyzed the presence of these personalities in the regional cinema as well as the ties of this art with other manifestations such as literature, painting and theater.

Among the films exhibited are Clandestinos and El hombre de Maisinicú, by prominent Cuban filmmakers Fernando Pérez and Manuel Pérez, respectively.

The program also included Che: un Hombre Nuevo (Che: A New Man), from Argentine Tristan Bauer, Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries), from the Brazilian Walter Sales, and the miniseries Cuba: Caminos de Revolución (Roads of Revolution).

Likewise, a selection of the 16th Youth Exhibition of the ICAIC, materials made in the University of the Arts and other houses of high studies of the country was exhibited, stated the member of the national secretariat of the Federation of University Students, Alejandro Pérez, in declarations to the Cuban News Agency.

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Gibara Film Festival to Have Spain as Guest Country

Gibara International Film Festival will be held in the Cuban eastern province of Holguín from April 16 to 22.

The president of the event, Jorge Perugorría, defined the event as heiress of the festival created by Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solás in that eastern city of the province of Holguin, and, in that sense, promotes the interaction between the arts.

Only the name of the festival was changed to extend the spectrum of the admitted works, explained the actor, director and producer in a press conference.

Theatrical works, dance, books, photo and painting exhibitions as well as music concerts will alternate with the film program with productions from Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Argentina, Bolivia, Italy, Nicaragua and Brazil, among other countries.

The competing categories are fiction feature film, fiction short film, documentary feature film, documentary short film and cinema under construction.

This last section includes from unpublished scripts to works in the post-production period, in both genres and films.

Prestigious figures of the audiovisual and the arts of Cuba and the world will integrate the jury of each category, and honorary Lucia Awards will be granted to Adela Legrá and Eslinda Núñez, the two living actresses of the three who starred in the film of the same name, considered a classic of Cuban cinema.

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