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The Film Archive of the University of California, Los Angeles announced the execution of an agreement with the Cinematheque of Cuba to restore some Cuban tapes as part of a restoration program of Latin American cinema. This agreement between the two organizations in the United States and Cuba was made possible by the recent normalization of relations between the two countries.

The project, called "Latin American Cinema Classic in Los Angeles (1932 - 1960)", also part of the cultural initiative "Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA" from the Getty Foundation. As part of the program are included in the list of films restored Argentine and Mexican films, which are in an early stage of evaluation and research materials.

Luciano Castillo, director of the Cinematheque of Cuba, told OnCuba for the time being between selected tapes Casta Oak, Manolo Alonso and Cuba dances, Julio García Espinosa. He classified the project as "ambitious and promising" for all that means to restore and recover these tapes.

Castillo explained that "these tapes to choose the worst conditions are rated" and clarified that the period selected by the project closes with Cuba dances, one of the tapes to be considered due to its deterioration from moisture and heat. He also explained that other objectives was to obtain final versions of the films in DCP (Digital Cinema Package To), subtitled in English to be exposed in other American institutions.

Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the Film Archive of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement that "the post-revolution Cuban cinema is well known but our partnership with the Cinematheque of Cuba will help revive the rich cinematic traditions classic pre-revolutionary Cuban cinema, and again become part of history. "

The Film Archive of the University of California, Los Angeles is the second largest archive of moving images United States and is a referral center for film restoration.

To launch the project, the company will also work with the National Film Archives of Mexico and the Museum of Cinema in Buenos Aires (Argentina), which provide them the tapes to be restored.

Once the materials are ready, the Film Archive of the University of California plans to mount an exhibition in Los Angeles will be open for three months, from October to December 2017, and in 2018, reduced form, will be exhibited for USA.

Source: OnCuba

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