Cuban First Silent Film in Colombia
- Submitted by: lena campos
- 10 / 13 / 2012
Cuban film La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, first silent movie with a script on a religious topic ever produced in Cuba and Latin America, made its international debut at the 2nd Festival of Religious Films organized by the Papal Nunciature in Bogota, Colombia.
A packed hall at the Nunciature enjoyed this love story hounded by barriers like social disparity and a happy ending, with Cuban's Patron Saint as vortex, was released in 1933, and freshly emerged from restoration and remasterization.
Apostolic Nuncio Aldo Cavalli highlighted in his presentation the humbleness and moving quality of a "simple but profound" story, whose virtues among many, is to picture how the good, just and honest always prevail over evil, thanks in this case to "the unconditional cooperation of the Virgen del Cobre," he said.
He declared to Prensa Latina he fully enjoyed the music -with Son and other traditional Cuban rhythms as background plus other resources exposing the exactness of certain facts, exposing his savvy eyes beyond the rapture of a simple spectator.
Cuban ambassador to Colombia Ivan Mora extolls the meaning of running this film at the south American country coinciding with the visit of His Sanctity, Benedict XVI to Cuba and with the 400th anniversary of the discovery of a statue of the Virgin.
We view it at once as a special gift to the spirit of the fight for peace and conciliation prevailing today in Colombia and throughout Latin America, he added after thanking the Catholic University invite to the exchange and to the Episcopal Conference and the Apostolic Nunciature for opening heir doors to their flock and the non religious with a spirit of brotherhood.
Qualified as cultural and cinematographic heritage of incalculable value for Cuba, the public gave a warm welcome to this film that reached Colombia by the hand of Ana Curbelo, an executive of Cuba's film Institute (ICAIC).
Source: Prensa Latina