HAVANA, Dec. 16th. During the closing ceremony, in the Charles Chaplin room in this capital, the Choral awards were presented to the works selected by the different juries in the competition.The president of the festival, Tania Delgado, also thanked all those who made the magic of cinema possible, all those anonymous staff who made it possible since December 8 for everything to work in each room, in each event.
She recalled pillars of Latin American filmography who are no longer here and highlighted the importance of the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in the training of filmmakers from around the world.
The great recognition of EICTV also came in the words of award-winning filmmakers, who celebrated their 37th anniversary that day.
The gratitude to its founders, the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, the Argentine filmmaker Fernando Birri and the commander in chief Fidel Castro, provoked loud applause and ovation from the public.
The Entrevoces choir, directed by teacher Digna Guerra; the Camerata Nueva, the lyrical voice of Cristina Rodríguez, all from Cuba, and the Argentine singer-songwriter Aracely Matos, granddaughter of Mercedes Sosa, iconic singer of Latin American folk music, were the musical proposals of the night.
A total of 199 works competed in this 44th edition of the Cuban festival, among more than two thousand that were sent to the event, which is established as one of the most important of the seventh art in the region.
The Mexican film “Tótem”, by Lila Avilés, won the Coral Award for the best-fiction feature film in this 44th edition of the Festival.
The 2023 film, co-produced between Mexico, Denmark and France, also written by the director, constitutes a tribute to life and learning it.
Avilés won the top award in the screenplay category, while Noemí González won the artistic direction award for that film.
The jury’s Special Choral Award in this category went to the Uruguayan film The Rise of the Human 3, by Eduardo Williams.