Cuba Celebrates 57th Anniversary of its Cinematheque

Havana, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Cinematheque is celebrating today the 57th anniversary of its founding with a cultural gala that reveres the beginning of cinema.

The ceremony, scheduled to take place at Havana’s 23 y 12 movie theater, includes a concert by the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and the screening of the documentary ‘La primera funcion’.

The mid-length film compiles the short films originally screened in the first world cinema projection, occurred on December 28, 1895, in Paris, France.

According to Luciano Castillo, director of the Cuban Cinematheque, the film pretends to recall the arrival of the Lumière brothers’ cinematographer to Cuba, because January 24 marked 120 years of having been capable of enjoying the invention here.

To close the gala the program announces the definitive copy of the classics ‘The Kid’, by Charles Chaplin, restored by the Cinematheque of Bologna.

The Cuban Cinematheque is celebrating during this month the 57th anniversary of its founding with the screening of some classics of its collection restored in accordance with internationally recognized standards.

‘Memorias del subdesarrollo’ (Memories of Underdevelopment), ‘Una pelea cubana contra los demonios’ (A Cuban Struggle Against the Demons), ‘Los sobrevivientes’ (Survivors) and ‘Retrato de Teresa’ (Portrait of Teresa), are the feature films shown this month at Havana’s 23 y 12 movie theater.

The Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) with foreign institutions such as the laboratory of the Cinematheque of Bologna, in Italy, among others, restored those films thanks to agreements.

Their preservation is ensured by the technologies required to rescue and preserve according to contemporary patterns.


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