The 12th Int'l Low-Budget Film Festival that opens today at the coastal Cuban city of Gibara and will run until April 24th seeks following the same spirit of its founder, late filmmaker Humberto Solas, said Jorge Perugorria the event's president.
Gibara's Low Budget Film Festival Loyal to Humberto Solas
Solas wanted to open a space for the youth and boost movie creation among low budget filmmakers, but good enough works, said Perugorria, an actor and a moviemaker.
This festival emerged not alone to boost the seventh art, but also as an interactive project, "and we want to keep it like that," he said.
Over 40 works which include short and feature films, documentaries, animation and videoart were accepted by the jury, out of the over 400 works registered.
Works from Latin America and Europe responded to the year's call.
Cub is represented by the films Venecia (Venice), La pared de las palabras (The Wall of Words), Cafe amargo (Bitter Coffee), and La obra del siglo (The Work of the Century).
Mexico takes the honor of being the guest country for the first time in the festival; and shows up with a significant presence.
Mexican Monica Lozano who produced Amores perros has come to show her the celebrated film.
From Mexico will also come fiction films and documentaries from Ojo de agua, an organization from the Mexican state of Oaxaca which promotes Amerindian and community communication thru the la production of cultural programs in the radio and the video.
The Festival also schedules a tribute to its founder - Humerto Solas – by screening two of his masterpieces: Manuela (1966) and Miel para Oshun (Bee Honey for Oshun).
Just late Cuban filmmaker Rogelio Paris (1936 - 2016) they will screen the documentary from 1964 Nosotros, la musica (Us, Music).
They will also enjoy El huesped (The Guest) - the first movie filmed in Gibara in 1967 by Eduardo Manet.
Francisco Cespedes, David Torrens, Carlos Varela, Kelvis Ochoa and the group Nube roja are some of the Cuban musicians invited to give concerts as part of the agenda of the 12th Int'l Low-Budget Film Festival, which also includes performance of plays, exhibits, forum, shops and theoretical panels. / By Prensa Latina / Translated by Radio Angulo.