Cuban Jorge Perugorría to Receive Prize of Chicago Latino Film Festival

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Renowned Cuban actor and director Jorge Perugorría will receive the Gloria Award granted by the Chicago Latino Film Festival in recognition of his achievements during his fruitful career, as announced by the Festival’s organizers.

In a communiqué, the executive director, Pepe Vargas, pointed out that since his memorable performance in Strawberry and Chocolate (1993), Perugorría “has improved from one film to the next, and can now be considered as a classic of Latin American and Spanish contemporary cinema,” the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

As informed, the producer of Se vende, his last cinematographic work, will receive the prize on April 19 during the Festival’s Argentinean Evening, in which the film Matrimonio, of that country, interpreted by Cecilia Roth and Dario Grandinetti, will be shown.

As part of the Festival’s programming, Perugorria will take part in the special celebration for the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Strawberry and Chocolate, a Cuban film directed by Tomas Gutierrez Alea (Titon) and Juan Carlos Tabio, nominated to an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category.

In this session of the Festival, Perugorría, also a painter and a scriptwriter, will present Amor cronico (2012), one of his most recent efforts as a filmmaker, starred by Cuban singer, Cucu Diamantes, who lives in New York.

During his fruitful career, the interpreter of popular movies like El cuerno de la abundancia, Guantanamera and Miel para Oshun, among others, has participated in over 50 feature films in Cuba, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Puerto Rico.

His debut as director took place in 2003 with the documentary Habana abierta. In 2009 he directed his first film, Afinidades, along with Cuban actor Vladimir Cruz, his fellow actor in Strawberry and Chocolate .

One of his latest performances as an actor was along with Uruguayan actress Natalia Oreiro in the television series Lynch, shot in Colombia and Argentina.

The 29th edition of the Chicago Latino Film Festival will be held from April 11th through the 25th, with the screening of over 100 feature films and shorts of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States.(ACN)

For the original report go to http://www.cadenagramonte.cu/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=14040:cuban-jorge-perugorria-to-receive-prize-of-chicago-latino-film-festival&catid=2:cuba&Itemid=14

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