On December 3rd, 1979 it was opened at the Chaplin Movie Theater in Havana the first issue of one event which, in time, will be recognized as the biggest and most significant cinematographic gathering in the Latin-American space: The international Festival of the New Latin-American Movie.
Three decades after that day, the festival will celebrate, between the 3rd and 12th December this year its thirtieth first edition, now consolidated as the most important cinematographic event in Latin-America and mandatory rendezvous for those that in the continent pretend to figure in the audio-visual world
In keeping with its structure of these last year, the event organize several contests in sections of interest, such as fiction medium and short length films, first timers, documentary, animation, scripts and posters, though the major attraction of the whole event is the Official Section Contest, in which some 21 feature films aspire to win the Coral Award, the Oscar of the Festival.
One of the most significant countries in the cinematographic continental area is Argentina, which this time will be represented by “El último verano de la Boyita” ( The last Summer of La Boyita) by the woman film-maker Julia Solomonoff, the film “Francia” (France) by Israel Adrián Caetano, the “La invención de la carne” (The Invention of the Flesh) by Santiago Loza and the co-productions Argentina-Spain “El secreto de sus ojos” (The secret of her Eyes”) by Juan José Campanella and “ el Niño Pez” (The Fish Boy)by the renowned Lucía Puenzo. On the other hand Brasil, another strong contestant of the event, will let its presence be felt through films such as “A la deriva” (Drifting) by Heitor Dhalia; “Hotel Atlántico” (Atlantic Hotel) by Suzana Amaral and “Viajo porque necesito, vuelvo porque te amo” (I travel because I need it, I come back because I love you) by filmmakers Marcelo Gomez and Karim Ainouz. Bolivia will compete with only one film,” Zona sur” by director Juan Carlos Valdivia Flores.
The cinematography from Chili will participate through two co-productions “Navidad” (Christmas) by filmmaker Sebastian Lelio, made together with France, and y “La Nana” (The Nanny) by Sebastian Silva, co-produced with Mexico; likewise Colombia will be represented through two feature films in co-production: “Los viajes del viento” (Travels of the Wind) by director Ciro Guerra (Colombia/Germany/Argentina/Holland) and “Rabia” (Rage) by Sebastian Cordero (Colombia/Spain).
Mexico, one of the cinematographic powers in Latin-America, a usual presence at the Festival and favorite of the Cuban audience, will be represented by films such as “Backyard-El traspatio” by Carlos Carrera González, “Cefalópodo” (Cephalopod) by Rubén Imaz Castro and “Viaje redondo” by director Gerardo Tort. Cuba, the host country will aspire to the Coral awards through films as “El premio flaco” (The Meager Prize) by Iraida Marlberti and Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti, and “Lizanka” by the veteran filmmaker Daniel Díaz Torres.
The roster of the selected films for the Fiction section of the event ends with the long-expected co-production Peru/Spain “La teta asustada” (The Scared Tit) by Claudia Llosa, “Hiroshima “ by Pablo Stoll(Uruguay/Colombia/Argentina/Spain)
“Un lugar lejano” (A Farwaway place) by José Ramón Novoa (Venezuela/Argentina/Spain).
Another important section of the contest, Operas Primas, designed to reward the best film by a debutante filmmaker, will be formed by 21 works from nine countries as well as some co-productions, while one of the main-courses of the gala, the documentary contest, a genre of a long tradition in the Latin-American continent, will include up to 24 titles from nine countries plus the co-productions among which stand-out the several times awarded Mexican documentary “Los que se quedan”(Those who stay) by Carlos Hagerman/ Juan Carlos Rulfo, and pieces by renowed brasilian filmmakers as “Garapa” by José Padilha, “El rey del Carimá” (The King of the Carimá)by Tata Amaral and “Pachamama”, directed by Eric Rocha, son of the emblematic carioca director Glauber Rocha.
If you are visiting Havana, and interested in participating at the different sessions of the festival, go to the accreditation department of the event at Hotel National in Vedado where you can buy a full accreditation that will give you full access to all the shows and other activities of a Movie Festival unique in Latin-America.