Argentine Film Week This Summer in Cuba

Havana, June 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) announces today, as part of its summer program, a week of Argentine cinema from July 11 to 15.

The first room of the Multicine Infanta, in the capital, will host a series of five current films, covering a wide range of themes and directed by young directors.

According to the program of the event, the works planned to be screened are the hilarious film I Married an idiot, written by Pablo Solarz and director Juan Taratuto, which achieved several audience records in Argentina.

The comedy genre will also be screened in Ariel Winograd's Mama went on a trip, starring Diego Peretti as the manager of a department store and family man; and Carla Peterson, a housewife who takes care of the myriad details of everyday life.

Other films on the bill include Sergio Bizzio's Bomba and Benavidez's Pouch, a fantastic work co-written and directed by Laura Casabe based on a story by Samanta Schweblin, an Argentine author who has won prizes such as the Casa de las Americas in 2008 and the Juan Rulfo in 2012.

Among the stars of this film are two multi-award winners: Jorge Marrale and Norma Aleandro, the first Argentine actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

But this will not be the only option to enjoy Argentine audiovisuals in Cuba during the summer, as ICAIC also announces a cycle of homage to Argentine actor Ricardo Darin, whose performances offer plenty of evidences of versatility.

The event will take place at the Multicine Infanta, from August 22nd to 26th, and at the Glauber Rocha Hall, from August 29th to September 2nd, and will include the performance of Truman, The Son of the Bride, Moon of Avellaneda, The Elephant Bench and The Secret in Their Eyes.

Likewise, the series entitled En la Gran Escena (In the Great Scene), from July 18th to 29th, at the Multicine Infanta, will include the exhibition of the show Lutherapia, by the Argentine humor group Les Luthiers, very popular in Latin America.

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German Film Week to Be Held in Cuba

Havana, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The German Film Week, scheduled from July 3 to 8, will begin in this capital with the exhibition of the trilogy ''In the Middle of Germany: NSU'', according to its organizers. The film narrates from three different perspectives: authors, victims and researchers, the events that occurred in the European country after the emergence of the neo-Nazi group National Sozialistischer Untergrund (NSU) in the former German Democratic Republic.

As explained at a press conference by the German cultural attaché, Andreas Achiekofer, very good film options will also be exhibited for the Cuban public, which is very educated and knowledgeable.

He also said that they are feature films shown at international festivals and focused on migration, a key issue for German society.

'It is a hard bread, but of great importance,' said Achiekofer, using a German saying.

Among the exhibition, there will be movies such as the comedy 'Boulevard Schönefeld' (2014), 'Death to the hippies! Long live Punk!' (2015), 'Casting' (2017) and the drama 'Dreamed Road' (2016), the latter focused on the migration of neighboring Greece that also lives this reality.

23 y 12 cinema, located in the capital's Vedado, will host the German film festival that annually arrives in Havana as a bridge of exchange of knowledge between filmmakers and the amateur public of the seventh art.

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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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