Corales... before the 35th Festival

Corales (Corals) is the title of the special programming that the Yara movie theater will exhibit from Thursday, November 21 to December 1 a selection of prize-winning movies throughout the history of the New Latin American International Film Festival.

Luciano Castillo

Corales (Corals) is the title of the special programming that the Yara movie theater will exhibit from Thursday, November 21 to December 1 - a selection of prize-winning movies throughout the history of the New Latin American International Film Festival. The showcase covers more than a score of films which will be chronologically shown in their original 35 mm format from copies available from the National Distributer of the Cuban Film Institute’s (ICAIC) Movies and the Festival Office. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch two films a day organized in four showings: 1:35pm, 4.30pm, 7:15pm and 10:00pm.

Cronos (Mexico, 1992) by Guillermo del Toro, Coral Prize for First Work at the 15th Festival, opens the showcase. Federico Luppi personifies an antique dealer who will experience unknown strengths when he puts to work an accidentally discovered mysterious and powerful scarab, which gives eternal life in exchange for blood. Gabriel Retes’ Bienvenido-Welcome (1995), also from Mexico, winner of the Third Coral Prize at the 16th Festival will be shown that day. It’s about the consequences of promiscuous exchange of couples.

Although great Brazilian actress Marilia Pêra was not present at the 18th Festival’s closing ceremony to accept the prize, she won the Coral Prize for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tieta de Agreste (Brazil-France, 1996). Scheduled for Friday, 22 November, this delicious version of Jorge Amado’s homonymous novel brought us back another great, Sonia Braga, as the seductive widow who returns to her native city from which she was expelled in her youth. She provokes the greed of her relatives, sympathy among her friends and a young man’s carnal desire. At the same Festival, in the category of Best Feature Film on Latin America by a non-Latin American Filmmaker, well-known British filmmaker Ken Loach won for La canción de Carla (Carla's Song, England-Spain, 1996), about a Scottish chauffer in love with a Nicaraguan refugee.

Among multiple international awards, Martin (Hache), an Argentinean-Spanish coproduction scheduled for Saturday, 23 November, totaled up the First Coral Prize, Coral Prize for Direction for Adolfo Aristarain and Coral Prize for Best Actress for Cecilia Roth, the plot’s true reason for existing, at the 19th Festival. Something similar happened with the resounding Colombian film La vendedora de rosas (1998), by Víctor Gaviria, who enriched his curriculum with the Corals won at the 20th edition of the Havana Festival: Third in the category of Best Film, Best Edition, as well as a Special Mention for Children’s Performance, Leidy Tabares and the film collective. Several of the young non-professional actors recruited in the streets of Medellin were victims of violence like their characters in this sensitive adaptation of a story by Andersen.

Two Argentinean contributions are on the billboard for Sunday, November 24: Secretos compartidos (1998) by Alberto Lecchi, for which Víctor Laplace won the Coral Prize for Best Actor, and Yepeto (1999) by Eduardo Calcagno, awarded the Third Coral Prize for Best Fiction Feature, as well as the Coral Prize for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 21st Festival. The first, also winner of the People’s Prize, in a thriller code, follows a serial killer obsessed with the behavior of women and the way they dress. The second adapts Roberto Cossa's theatrical work about the warm relationship between a literature professor and prestigious writer with two of his students in a story of love and friendship, of agreements and disagreements.

Garaje Olimpo (Argentina-Italy, 1999), by Marco Bechis, one of the most heartrending and powerful movies made in the 1990s by the continent’s movie industry, will be shown Monday, 25 November.  It won First Coral Prize at the 21st Festival for the filmmaker’s recollection of his stay in one of the many places of torture used by the military in the face of general indifference and ignorance, in the heart of Buenos Aires. The same day, the Argentinean film Solo gente (Ni más ni menos) directed by Roberto Maiocco is also scheduled. This film earned a Special Jury Mention and a Coral Prize for Male Performance by Pablo Echarri for his work as a young physician who faces his first experiences in a hospital.

Four of the most resounding works at the 22nd Festival will be shown consecutively. Tuesday, November 26, includes Yo, tú, ellos (2000) by Brazilian Andrucha Waddington who won the Grand Coral Prize for this portrait of a northeastern country woman who lives with her three husbands and two children, a role for which the jury granted a special mention to Regina Casé. The Coral Prize for First Work for Amores perros (2000) underlined Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu’s debut through three intertwined stories starting from a fatal car crash.

The following films are scheduled for Wednesday, November 27: Tinta roja (Peru-Spain, 2000), for which Francisco J. Lombardi won the Coral Prize for Direction, and Nueces para el amor (Argentina-Spain, 2001) by Alberto Lecchi, Second Coral Prize winner. In the first, the chief of the crime page of a sensationalist newspaper is ready to radically change a young hick with writer's aspirations who starts to work there. Gianfranco Brero shared the Coral Prize for Male Performance. The second film earned the Coral Prize for Best Female Performance by Spanish Ariadna Gil for her role of a girl who again meets her beloved in different periods of their lives, until both decide to make their deferred adolescent dream come true.

Punta y raya (Venezuela, 2004) by Elia Schneider will share the screen at the Yara on Thursday, November 28, with Machuca (Chile-Spain-France, 2004) directed by Andrés Wood.  Both films won important prizes at the 26th Festival. The Special Jury Prize and the Coral Prize for Best Actor (Roque Valero) underlined the Venezuelan film (which unveiled today’s famous actor Edgar Ramírez) about a border conflict in which a young Colombian recruit begins a singular friendship with an adversary of the other side. Machuca, record of another fraternal bond, this time arising between two boys of different social extraction in the Chile of 1973, won the Second Coral Prize and the one for best photography.

Friday, November 29, two winning films from the 27th Festival are scheduled: Play (Chile-Argentina-France, 2005), an urban fable, a small pop song about a man who is looking and a woman who is finding, by Chilean Alicia Scherson, graduate of the International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños, won the Coral Prize for First Work.  Iluminados por el fuego (Argentina, 2005), by Tristán Bauer, was the grand winner with the First Coral Prize and the Coral for Best Soundtrack, for the genuine recollection of the events lived by a journalist along with the combatants during the Malvinas war.

El camino de San Diego (2006) by Argentinean Carlos Sorín, Second Coral Prize at the 28th Festival, will be shown on Saturday, November 30. It follows the journey of a Maradona fan who undertakes a trip from his province to the capital to give Maradona a wood carving during his hospitalization. The same day, Alejandro Brugués’ Personal Belongings (Cuba-Bolivia, 2006), Third Coral Prize for First Work at the 29th Festival, will have two showings. This panoramic overview of 34 years of Coral Prizes will be closed by La teta asustada (Peru-Spain, 2009) by Claudia Llosa, First Coral Prize and Coral for Artistic Direction at the 31st Festival.

Islas Malvinas, also known as the Falkland Islands. Translator’s note.


Taken from Cubarte

Translated by Roberto Espí Valero

Revised by CF Ray


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