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Fernando Pérez
By: Esperanza Soler

The world premiere of the film "Madrigal", by outstanding Cuban film director Fernando Pérez, will take place in the non-competitive section of the Berlinale Special of the coming Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, country where the filmmaker is now.

The Berlinale Special will screen nine titles from February 8-18 as part of the Festival, described as one of the best events of its kind of the world, along with those of Cannes (France); Venice (Italy); San Sebastian (Spain); Mar del Plata (Argentina) or Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic).

The first total cinema portal in Spanish published that "Madrigal" (Cuba-Spain co-production) is a difficult and abstract film, which finds pleasure in the risk of seeking new languages, according to Fernando Pérez.

"Ive tried to make a very abstract film, very abstract...., outside all the codes that apparently can define and define Cubaness. I think that further beyond those codes "Madrigal" is going to be a more Cuban-like film than any other, although it is an abstract film. Because Cubaness is what Fernando Ortiz said, an ineffable feeling, that cannot be classified. It can be studied, researched, expressed, but it cannot be classified", Ortiz has said.

Pérez will lecture on cinema at the Free University of Berlin as guest professor over the current winter semester. This fact has its antecedent in the 1990s, when the filmmaker received a scholarship in Germany to deepen his already vast knowledge for six months.

"La vida es silbar", "Suite Habana", "Madagascar", "Clandestinos", "Hello Hemingway" and many others form part of the filmography by Fernando Pérez, one of the best seventh art filmmakers in Cuba.

Source: CubaSi

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