HAVANA, 26 November (Photo Reuters) The Colombian author and journalist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was one of the founders of the film festival. The 36th edition of the Havana Film Festival will honor one of his creators .
Gabo, as he was known, died in April in Mexico City, where he used to live. He is considered one of the greatest spanish speaking novelists and writers of all times and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. He was best known for his many books, like “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” but another of his passions was cinema and writing scripts.
Gabo even participated in several adaptations of his novels. His passion for cinema led him to found and preside over the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema, based in Havana. He was also one of the founders of the Havana Film Festival.
The festival will take place from December 4-14 and will also honor Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro, who has portrayed Ernesto Che Guevara two times on teh silver screen, and Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovski.
The director of the festival, Ivan Giroud, said on Tuesday during a press conference that a total of 478 movies will be shown during the festival. The countries that will compete in the festival are: Argentina, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay and Dominican Republic.