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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New Film on King Kong Becomes Box-Office Hit

A new film on King Kong became a box-office hit in US movie theaters taking more than $61 million USD last weekend.

'Kong: Skull Island', starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, surpassed 'Logan', the most recent film starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, which is currently following Kong.

The story of 'Kong: Skull Island' is about a group of tourists, explorers and soldiers that travel to a mysterious island in the Pacific Ocean, which is not found on the maps, and without realizing they entered the territory controlled by Kong.

84 years ago, the first feature film on this giant gorilla was filmed in the United States and the viewers have liked it since then.

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Iran Reiterates Criticism of Trump by Praising Oscar for The Salesman

Tehran, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Iran received today the Oscar won by director Asghar Farhadi with ''The Salesman'' as another triumph for his cinematography and an occasion to lash out at US President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

In addition to the specialized press, all news media - printed, radio, television and digital - echoed the award given by the Hollywood Academy to the Best Foreign Language Film today (yesterday in Los Angeles), but above all, they highlighted the message of Farhadi.

The Persian director explained that his absence at the ceremony was 'out of respect for the people of my country and those six other nations who have been disrespected by the inhuman law that prohibits the entry of immigrants to the United States,' alluding to a recent and controversial decision by Trump.

Following a provision by the White House new tenant, the United States issued a visa veto for citizens of Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries, sparking widespread criticism from human rights organizations, social activists, and religious circles.

'Dividing the world into the us and our enemies categories creates fear,' said Farhadi, who already won a golden statuette in 2012 in the same category for his film 'A Separation' (2011).

His message was read to the public by two Iranian-Americans who represented the director at the 89th Academy Awards, Anousheh Ansari, the first engineer female space tourist, and Professor Firouz Naderi, former Director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA.

Farhadi added that the stance of the new US Republican administration is 'a dishonest justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries that have been the victims of aggression.'

Meanwhile, sources in Tehran hailed the second laureate for Iranian filmmaking, particularly for Farhadi, but honored his position announced on January 29 of refusing to travel to Hollywood, even if he was granted an exception to the presidential order.

While Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was proud of the Oscar Award and the position of the film director, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) issued an open letter to Trump, blaming him for his immigration policy, Middle East interventionism and treatment to women.

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American Professional Association Awards Cuban Feature Films

Havana, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban feature films ''Bailando con Margot'' (Dancing with Margot) and ''El acompañante'' (The Companion) won the Best First Work and Best Screenplay awards delivered by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critic (ACE) of New York.

A statement released last night by the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) highlights that both films won the awards in the Cinema 2017 category.

The cultural and press organization also granted the Best Actor award to Edwin Fernandez in his cinema debut in 'Bailando con Margot'.

That film directed by Arturo Santana focuses his plot on the theft of a picture of great worth from the residence of a wealthy widow on the last day of December 1958, eve of the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

On occasion of its national premiere, in February 2016, its director noted that 'Bailando con Margot' is the result of the development of an idea from the context and that went from a boxing-focused film to a mixture of black, musical and sports cinema.

'El acompañante', directed by Pavel Giroud, won the prizes for the best actor and actress for Armando Miguel Gomez and Camila Arteche, respectively.

The Latin ACE Awards, organized by the homonymous group, is one of the most popular Latin events in the United States, with wide media coverage.

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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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Yoko Ono Joins Bill Murray For Wes Anderson's New Animated Film, 'Isle of Dogs'

Yoko Ono will join the cast of Wes Anderson's next film, the animated Isle of Dogs, alongside Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johannson, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and more.

Production has begun in London for the stop-motion flick about a group of dogs living on an island, Anderson shared in a video announcement Wednesday (Dec. 21).

The director's highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel also enlists Tilda Swinton, Liev Schreiber, Frances McDormand and Harvey Keitel.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 
 
By donating $10 to a fundraising contest, fans have a chance to tour the set and voice a dog in the movie. The money raised will support Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation non-profit organization, which preserves and restores films.
 
See Ed Norton interrupt Anderson's announcement, featuring a quick shot of Norton's character, Rex:
 

 

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Dr Strange holds firm at US box office

Dr Strange has kept its place at the top of the US box office for a second week, cementing Disney's record-breaking year.

The Disney and Marvel film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, took $43m (£34.3m) between Friday and Sunday.

Disney has already secured its best year on record at the global box office, which now tops $6bn (£4.7bn).

It has set a domestic box office annual record of $2.3bn (£1.8bn), beating last year's high of $2.27bn (£1.81bn).

In second position, Fox and Dreamworks' Trolls took an estimated $35m (£27.9m), only dropping by 24.8% in its second week.

Arrival, a sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, debuted in third place on $24m (£19.1m).

The top five was rounded out by Almost Christmas with $15.6m (£12.4m) and Hacksaw Ridge on $10.8m (£8.6m).

Next week's box office figures will reveal how the highly anticipated Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has performed on its opening weekend.

US box office top five
1. Doctor Strange - $43m
2. Trolls - $35m
3. Arrival - $24m
4. Almost Christmas - $15.6m
5. Hacksaw Ridge - $10.8m
Source: comScore
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