Films on 'Che' Guevara top Latin American film festival
AFP - Tuesday, December 2
HAVANA (AFP) - - Two movies about fallen Cuban hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara -- both by US director Steven Soderbergh and starring Puerto Rico's Benicio del Toro -- were to receive top billing at the 10-day Latin American Film Festival opening here Tuesday.
The films, shown in Miami last week, were cleared by festival president Alfredo Guevara -- no relation to Che -- who had feared the movies would dwell on personal clashes between Guevara and ailing former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
"El Argentino" deals with Guevara's involvement with the Cuban revolution and friendship with Castro, while "El Guerrillero," delves in Guevara's revolutionary efforts in South America, after he left Cuba in 1965, and his death in Bolivia in 1967.
The festival kicks off Tuesday with Argentine director Pablo Trapero's "Kagamba," about Cuba's involvement in Angola's civil war, which Fidel Castro, 82, praised in an editorial as "one of the most serious and dramatic films I've ever seen."
In all, 20 feature films, 19 short films, 29 documentaries and 24 animation movies will be shown at the festival, which includes entries from Brazil (23), Argentina (21), Mexico (19), Cuba (15), Chile (10), Venezuela (9) and other countries.
The entries vie for the Corales Award, which will additionally be granted to directors Jorge Sanjines (Bolivia), Miguel Littin (Chile), Paul Leduc (Mexico), and Brazil's Nelson Pereira, who however will not be present to receive his award.
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Puerto Rico's actor Benicio Del Toro poses during a photocall prior to the screening of Argentina's director Steven Soderbergh's latest film "Che" in which he is starred. Two movies about fallen Cuban hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara -- both by US director Steven Soderbergh and starring Puerto Rico's Benicio del Toro -- were to receive top billing at the 10-day Latin American Film Festival opening here.
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