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Screenings of Guatemalan Cinema for the First Time in Havana
Screenings will run until Friday, October 3, in the Cuban capital’s Riviera Movie Theater, and will include five films, which —in the words of Guatemalan ambassador to Havana, Herbert Estuardo Meneses— represent the most contemporary situation in his country.
Donde acaban los caminos is the opening film, which will be followed by La casa de enfrente; VIP… La otra casa (both of them by director Elías Jiménez); Las Cruces… poblado próximo and El silencio de Neto.
The Guatemalan ambassador highlighted the first film, the script of which was written by Cuban Reinaldo León, and told the press that the plot is an interpretation of the novel of the same name by Mario Monteforte Toledo, one of Guatemala’s most prestigious writers.
Cuban actress Yuliet Cruz, who has a leading role in La casa de enfrente, commented that the film’s conflict is very serious, and that it goes beyond a work of fiction.
Estuardo Meneses expressed the willingness of extending this festival to other Cuban provinces, especially those most hardly hit by the recent passage of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
The vice-president of the Cuban Film Institute, Roberto Smith, said that this first series of Guatemalan films is consistent with the island’s aim of showing another type of cinema —a Latin American vision—and its search presentations of life that are not widely  distributed by the major motion picture marketing companies.


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