Havana, Dec 5 .- The 35th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema will begin today in Havana, which will feature the best regional films for 10 days.

With the incentive of being the first event without its mythical founder, Alfredo Guevara, the festival will begin with Chilean film "Gloria," by Sebastian Leilo, and a tribute to Cuban filmmaker Juan Padron.

The father of essential characters such as Elpidio Valdes and some vampires who have died laughing many generations of Cubans, Padron will receive a Coral award for his 50 years of career.

However, the main protagonist of the show will be just the only one who will not be present: Guevara, whose speech with dark jacket on his shoulder will be missed, but he will be heard tonight.

Guevara, who died early 2013, a quite tragic year for Cuban culture, will speak from the big screen, in a film tribute that will also outline the history of this film festival.

Founded in 1979, the Festival of the New Latin American Cinema emerged with the objective of recognizing and publicizing the movie of the region with values that affirm indigenous cultural identity.

More than 400 films will be screened during the festival, 150 in competition and 21 that wish to win a Coral award for best feature film, as well as the always comforting audience award, which pack Havana movie theaters each year.(Prensa Latina)


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