GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, THE CINEPHILE

Gabriel García Márquez (Gabo) once said: “I loved cinema so much that I threw myself into it for the same reasons I wrote novels and stories, and that I’ve worked in journalism: it was another way of telling a story.” He remained very much tied to that love, as he studied filmmaking in the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome and wrote over 50 scripts for Mexican movies during the 60s and 70s (sometimes under a pseudonym). He became involved in the creation of the Havana-based Foundation of New Latin American Cinema, and founded the International School of Film and Television, EICTV, one of the most prestigious films schools in Latin America today.

Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY) honors the man that was a true friend to his friends and a dedicated cinephile with a program showcasing four films where Gabo was involved through its production or screenwriting or are very valuable as a testimony of his greatness.

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LA LANGOSTA AZUL
The Blue Lobster
Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio, Gabriel García Márquez, Enrique Grau, Luis Vicens | 1954 | Colombia | Experimental | 29min | [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”4aNsc88LECo” width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Trailer”]
NYU’s KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER 4/15 @ 7:00PM

A man arrives in a poor fishing town to investigate a mysterious animal, a tasteless blue lobster whose uses are “under investigation.” The search for the lobster be-comes an anthropological excursion during which the protagonist observes the daily activities of the townsfolk. The lobster, this strange leitmotif, serves as the connect-ing element in this dream-like odyssey. The Blue Lobster is the only film in which Gabriel García Márquez was directly involved, along with other great names of Co-lombian literature, journalism and art.

* Legendary Colombian photographer Nereo López, who was the photographer and an actor in the film, will be on hand to answer questions about his experience working with Gabo and this group of Colombian intellectuals.

CONVERSANDO CON GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ SOBRE SU AMIGO FIDEL
A Conversation with García Márquez About His Friend Fidel
Estela Bravo | 2014 | Cuba-U.S. | Documentary | 32min
NYU’S KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER
4/15 @ 7:00PM
This film is based on a 1996 conversation between filmmaker Estela Bravo and Gabriel García Márquez about his close friendship with Fidel Castro.

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EN ESTE PUEBLO NO HAY LADRONES
There Are No Thieves in This Village
Alberto Isaac | 1964 | Mexico | Fiction | 99min [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”CtsSoV-Cu4M” width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Trailer”]
NYU’S KING JUAN CARLOS I OF SPAIN CENTER
4/15 @ 5:00PM No English Subtitles
Dámaso hears billiard balls might be valuable if they are made of ivory, so he decides to steal them from the small town billiard hall of Don Ubaldo and sell them in another town. Ana, the woman he lives with and who supports him, is his accomplice. When Dámaso changes his mind and wants to sneak the balls back into the pool hall, don Ubaldo catches him and seeks to take advantage of the situation.

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CARTAS DEL PARQUE
Letters from the Park
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | 1988 | Cuba | Fiction | 85min | [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”Sp4prSa4cto” width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”Trailer”]
QUAD 4/10 @ 3:00PM
Two lovers hire the same love-letter writer—each of his/her own accord, and with-out the other’s knowledge—to share their feelings with their beloved. However, lit-tle by little, the writer’s feelings prevail, much against his will, and reveal an eternal truth: love cannot be tricked. In this game, it is life that calls the tune.