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One of the most exciting Film festivals Ibero-American, is set to begin on Friday November 7. The festival that brings selected films from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Portugal and Venezuela will be organized for the 9th time.
It is stated that this year’s main organizer is Argentina and according to the Argentinean Ambassador to Ethiopia Gustavo Grippo, the Festival will be hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute from November 7th until November 13th, starting 6:30 pm, except Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s festival brings the film “The Gods of Water” from Argentina, the country that is the main organizer of the festival. The film tells the story of Hermes, an Argentinean Anthropologist.
“He dreams of recovering the information about the origin of the mankind. With that purpose, Hermes travels to Angola and Ethiopia, searching for an answer. I am sure you will enjoy the film, especially as it is set in your beautiful country,” the Ambassador said.
From Brazil comes the film “The Clown”, a comedy that came out in 2011. It looks at the lives of a father and a son that work as clowns in a circus in a Brazilian countryside during the 70s. Brazilian Ambassador Isabel Cristina de Azevedo Heyvaert says that, although this film is different than those presented in previous festivals, it is as good and has received several national and international recognitions and awards.
From Cuba comes “El Benny” a film directed by Jorge Luis Sanchez. It tells the story of a well known singer and composer Benny Moré. The film was Cuba’s candidate for the Academy Awards. It also won an award at the New Latin American Cinema festival in Havana in December 2006.
Spain comes with a comedy called “A gun in each hand” that tells the story of eight men in the in their forties that are caught up in everyday situations revealing their main conflict; a masculine identity crisis.
The Embassy of Mexico brought this year a film titled “Instruction not included”. This comedy film tells the story of Valentin, a playboy who leaves in Acapulco. His life changes when a former fling leaves a baby on his hands. The film explores the relationship between the father and his daughter.
Described as deeply moving story about love, loss and literature, “Jose and Pilar” is a film from Portugal. It tells the story of the Nobel-Laureate Portuguese novelist Jose Saramago and his wife Pilar del Rio.
Last but not least comes the film “Bolivar: A man of difficulties” from Venezuela. Set in the year 1815, during the turmoil of the fall of the Venezuelan Second Republic, “El Libertador” Simón Bolívar flees to Jamaica, and subsequently to Haiti, with no money or friends.
While there, he struggles to mobilize the various and sometimes conflicting interests of the Caribbean region’s colonies and the European powers who oppose Bolívar’s project of liberating Latin America.