Latin American Film Festival arrives with green light

Latin American Film Festival arrives with green light
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1 December 2023
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 The 44th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana today follows the green light to begin, from December 8 to 17, with a selection of 199 competing films from nearly twenty countries.

Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Chile are the nations with the most films in this edition, and the film of the opening evening will be The Settlers, which will represent Chile at the Oscars, according to what the organizers informed the day before at a press conference.

The race for the Coral Awards will be held under the title ‘Luz verde acción!’ (Green Light Action!) and collateral prizes will be awarded.

Tania Delgado, director of the event, commented that the public will also be able to enjoy feature films from Spain, the United States, Finland, Hungary, Belgium, Iran, Italy, Japan, France and India, among other countries.

She reaffirmed that the festival continues to highlight the decolonizing and emancipating themes of Latin American and other countries in its efforts to show the problems suffered by their societies in the face of the capitalist boom.

Delgado informed that the films in competition will cover themes such as family relationships, violence, gender, youth, adolescence, historical facts and diversity, among others.

Film lovers will also be able to see films from Cuba, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.

There will be novelties, tributes and special moments with tributes to Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, on the 40th anniversary of his death, and French actor Max Linder.

A tribute will be paid to the remembered Cuban filmmaker Tomas Gutierrez Alea on the 30th anniversary of the premiere of his film Strawberry and Chocolate, the only Cuban film nominated for an Oscar (1993).

The special presence of Maria Novaro, filmmaker and president of the Mexican Film Institute; Agnes Jaoui, French filmmaker, screenwriter and actress; and Sergi López, Spanish actor, was announced.

The Juan Padron Animation Forum will be held from December 9 to 11 at the Animation Studios of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (Icaic).

 

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