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Daysi Granados

Public ovation overwhelmed Havana's Chaplin cinema May 28 when the National Movie Prizes 2007 were granted to outstanding Cuban artists Daisy Granados, Fernando Perez and Nelson Rodriguez.

The three artists, who were described as three pillars of Cuban Cinema by the President of the Cuban Academy of the Spanish Language Lisandro Otero, received the awards in the presence of Culture Minister Abel Prieto.

The awarded artists also received works by renowned visual arts experts Flora Fong, Nelson Dominguez and Eduardo (Choco) Roca, during the ceremony, which was also attended by the president of the Cuban Film Institute Omar Gonzalez.

"I am really happy," said Daisy Granados after receiving the prize. Granados is the first woman to have received the prize.

The jury recognized the high quality work of Fernando Perez, which has dedicated his talent to exploring the complex relationship between poetry and drama.

Other nominated artists to the National Prize were Maria Elena Molinet, Raul Perez Ureta, Octavio Cortazar, Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, Rogelio Paris, Manuel Herrera, Juan Padron and Jose Massip.

Source: By Willy Wright,


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