Four recognized figures of world-wide celluloid productions will be honored during the 34th edition of the International New Latin American Cinema Festival in the Cuban capital from the 4th to the 14th of December, as Tomæas Armenteros Crespo reports in this article for Prensa Latina.
Followers of French director Chris Marker (1921-2012) will be able to enjoy documentary films like La Jetée (1962), The Embassy (1973), The Last Bolshevik (1982) and Cat on the Hot Tin Roof (2004), among other 10 productions, as a representative sample of his filmography.
On the life and work of this film director, poet, writer and photographer who has distinguished himself by his firm political commitment, great curiosity of the world and search for privacy, two documentary films will be exhibited: Marker 72 (2011), by Miguel Angel Vidaurre, and Chris Markerstudio (2012), by Agnés Varda.
Lovers of the cinema of Japanese director Kenji Misumi (1921-1975) will be able to approach some of his stories of skilled swordsmen, maids and ghosts through emblematic films like Zatoichi, The Blind Skilled Swordsman (1962), The Sword (1964) and River of Tears (1967), among others that reflect his atypical and innovating style.
Considered the director of the best films of the Zatoichi saga, Misumi is especially remembered by his brilliant choreographies of high tension, without cuts, with lateral planes and smooth movements of camera, according to the critic.
A very singular space in the centenary of his birth will be preserved for Italian multi-award producer, writer and painter Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007), whose tribute will count with the presence of his widow.
Among the activities there will be the projection of five tapes of his own, in which Antonioni draws up a not too much pleasing reflection of the bourgeois world with appearances of simple melodrama.
Famous for his films of animation that have influenced in recognized film directors just like Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and the Quay brothers, between many others, the Czech artist Jan Svankmajer will be the fourth homaged artist in the Havana Festival.
Made by this graphical artist, sculptor, designer and surrealist poet, the Cuban public will be able to appreciate eight of his tapes, among them “The Apartment (1968), “Flora” (1989), “Food” (1992), “Madness” (2005) and “Surviving the Life” (2010), where in their histories real dolls and actors are intermingled as a distinguishing seal of his cinema.
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