Cuban Musician Leo Brouwer awarded Cuba’s 2009 National Cinema Award

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Cuban classical guitarist, composer and Orchestra Conductor Leo Brouwer just received the 2009 National Cinema Award that he had been granted in March for his extraordinary contribution to the Cuban filmmaking industry over the past 50 years. This is the first time this award has been granted to a musician. Prior recipients of this award include New Latin American Film Festival President and former President of ICAIC Alfredo Guevara; filmmakers Julio García Espinosa, Humberto Solás, Enrique Pineda Barnet and Fernando Pérez; cartoonist Juan Padrón; actress Daisy Granados, said to be the face of Cuban cinema; and Cuba’s best known film editor Nelson Rodriíuez.

Leo Brouwer composed scores for memorable films such as Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Memorias del subdesarrollo and The Last Supper and for Humberto Solá’s Lucía and Cecilia, among many others. Much of that work was done when he headed the experimental orchestra of Cuba’s National Film Institute, which included renowned Cuban musicians Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Noel Nicola, Emiliano Salvador and Sara González.

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