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35th International Havana Film Festival Opens

Havana, December 6 (RHC)-- The 35th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema opened Thursday In the presence of Cuba's first vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel with a ceremony held at the Karl Marx Theater in Havana.

Attending the ceremony also were other government officials, including the advisor to the Cuban President and former Culture minister Abel Prieto, Rafael Bernal current minister of Culture and Roberto Smith, the president of the Cuban Film Institute.

In his opening remarks of the ceremony, Ivan Giroud, the general director of the Festival, pointed to the contribution of the film festival to the development of the regional film industry, saying that the Havana festival has become a significant scenario in the future of cinema.

Ivan Giroud said that The Film Festival has survived and has kept on its path and it has been augmented by several generations of movie makers. He also praised the founders of the event, including the late Alfredo Guevara, who passed away this year.

The 35th Festival will dedicate its theoretical sessions to the challenges of Latin American cinema in the face of the changes posed by digital technologies in the production, distribution and screening of movies.

During the opening ceremony, Juan Padron National Film Award laureate in 2008, received a Coral of Honor prize for his 50-year contribution to the industry.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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