The 15th edition of the Gibara International Film Festival will take place between July 7 and 13 in that beautiful place in Holguin, which is called Villa Blanca.
It was known at a press conference held in Havana that the contest featured more than 300 films, of which 95 will be exhibited, in the sections: Contest. Parallel and institutional samples. Special presentations, and Tributes.
To the Lucia Award, which evokes the emblematic film by Humberto Solás, 64 works will be screened in the sections: fiction feature films (9); fiction shorts (15); animation shorts (10); long documentaries (8); short documentaries (8); cinema in construction (9), and unpublished scripts (15).
The juries of all the categories are made up of prestigious professionals of the seventh art of Cuba and the world; they are presided by Fernando Pérez (long and short fiction); Lizette Vila (long and short documentaries, animation and video art); Vicente Monsonis, from Argentina, (unpublished scripts and films under construction), and the press tribunal that will evaluate fiction feature films has as its president the film critic Joel del Río.
The International Film Festival of Gibara (FIC Gibara), will pay tribute to the films Fresa y Chocolate (Cuba, 1994), of the Tomás Gutiérrez Alea-Juan Carlos Tabío binomial; Tango feroz, (Argentina, 1993), by Marcelo Piñeyro, and the remarkable filmmaker Agnès Varda, the only woman of the Nouvelle Vague (New French Wave), who died on March 29 at the age of 91.
Regarding the exchange that the event propitiates among Cuban filmmakers, actors and technicians with those from other latitudes, it was reported that the participation of representatives of 25 nations is expected, among them Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Germany, Holland, Russia, China, Iran and Kenya.
Once again the FIC Gibara shows itself in its inclusive and diverse nature in terms of embracing the rest of the manifestations of art and thought.
In this way, a set of theoretical panels have been organized that will focus attention on issues such as: Cuban Cinema: challenges of the 21st Century; Technologies and audiovisual; Insumisas: the look of gender, and Ibero-American Cinema: the filmmakers speak.
To this segment are added the talks with illustrious guests of the Festival, and meetings with Spanish film professionals.
The renowned Benicio del Toro heads the list of actors and actresses invited to this edition of the event, which is accompanied by Cubans Laura de la Uz, Maria Isabel Diaz, Jacqueline Arenal, Taimí Alvariño, Néstor Jiménez and Bárbaro Marín.
The performing arts will also have an important presence in FIC Gibara, with plays by the companies Argos Teatro, Teatro de las Estaciones, and Trébol Teatro, which will give away the world premiere of the piece Female.
More than 15 exhibitions of the visual arts will bring a great attraction to the filmic appointment; among them, stand out those of the creators Reinerio Tamayo; Cirenaica Moreira; Carlos Garaicoa; Adonis Flores; the collective "Everything about Pedro ... Almodóvar turns 70", from the CartelON project and "Retro graphic, from Cinema Pobre to FIC Gibara", as well as "The irradiating poverty, 24 hours of contemporary videoart", curated by René Francisco, Prize National of Plastic Arts, 2010.
Music is an essential part of FIC Gibara and honoring this principle, this edition will be inaugurated with a concert tribute to Silvio Rodríguez and Pablo Milanés, starring maestro José María Vitier, and singer-songwriters Kelvis Ochoa and David Torrens, and will close with the orchestra of Isaac Delgado.
There are going to be each day parties with the presence of a large group of musicians and DJ, and the closing show will feature the presentation of Open Havana, Eliades Ochoa, Cimafunk, CuCu Diamantes, Pancho Céspedes, Qva Libre, Telmary & HabanaSana. Zeus, Santiago Auserón and the extraordinary group from Pinar del Rio Toques del Río.
A varied program of collateral actions has been conceived as part of the Festival: Innovation Day at FIC Gibara (Panel and Exhibition Fair with sectors specialized in technology); Culinary Festival: Savoring Gibara; Workshop on film education and environmental responsibility taught by Wajiros Films and Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez; Cleaning of beaches and surroundings of the city and Workshops UNIAL.
The International Film Festival of Gibara FIC Gibara, began to evolve for good from its own start in April 2003 when it was created by the filmmaker Humberto Solás; much has changed since then, but its foundational commitments that appear in the Poor Cinema Manifesto remain unscathed: "to legitimize (...) the versatility of styles, legacies and purposes of an art that will not be the patrimony of a single country or of a single one conception of the world».