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From that García Márquez, a movie fan and art critic

Rito Alberto Torres, a journalist and technical deputy director of the Colombian Film Heritage Foundation, taught the lecture "Gabo y el cine" -Gabo and the Cinema-, which gathers the relationship of Gabriel García Márquez with the so-called Seventh Art, seventy years after his first literary publication of The Third Resignation.


16 de diciembre de 2017 - By Elizabeth Cabrera Morejón

Rito Alberto Torres, a journalist and technical deputy director of the Colombian Film Heritage Foundation, taught the lecture "Gabo y el cine" -Gabo and the Cinema-, which gathers the relationship of Gabriel García Márquez with the so-called Seventh Art, seventy years after his first literary publication of The Third Resignation.

The meeting took place in the Taganana room of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, as part of the collateral activities on occasion of the 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, and was was chaired by Alquimia Peña, Director of the Foundation of the New Latin American Cinema (FNCL); María Lourdes Cortés, winner of the prize for the best essay on Ibero-American cinema, awarded by the FNCL and author of the book Amores Contrariados: Gabriel García Márquez and the cinema, and Cuban filmmaker Manuel Pérez Paredes.

The exchange became a perfect opportunity to meet and reconnect with the film-loving and critic García Márquez, defender of the best of the Latin American and Colombian cinema; with that scriptwriter who had his origins in the curiosity of a child to discover what was behind the great screen.

Alberto Torres made a journey through time by the main anecdotes told by Gabo himself in publications and magazines that show the passion of the writer for the cinema and his ways of doing, as well as his interest in awakening on Colombian viewers and filmmakers their love for international classic movies.

Meanwhile, Manuel Perez Paredes, member of the FNCL, referred to the role of Cuba in the rescue of that cinema lover who was Gabriel García Márquez, a quality that, according to the filmmaker, went to a third plane with Gabo writer, a Nobel Literature Prize winner.

Furthermore, Alquimia Peña, director of the foundation, also recalled that García Márquez was president of the jury of the First Festival of New Latin American Cinema in 1979, and founder of the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños.

Rito Alberto Torres also participated, during December 11th and 12th, in the workshop "Opportunities and challenges of the audiovisual in the regional context", organized by the New Latin American Cinema Foundation and the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, in tune with these days of the cinema festival.

In this regard, he commented that the workshop served to update knowledge, recognize the importance of preserving the audiovisual heritage and publicize the work that is done in the archives of the Colombian Film Heritage Foundation.

"We have rescued the origins of García Márquez through his literature, as a member of a Club Cinema in Colombia and in other Latin American countries. Having the opportunity of presenting it here, in Havana, has been one of the best moments at this stage of my life. It has been a very enriching experience for me", he concluded.

 

 


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