The Cinemazul 2011 Film Appreciation Festival opened Thursday in the eastern province of Las Tunas with the premiere of the latest Cuban film “Ticket to Paradise” (Boleto al Paraíso). This Festival includes screenings and debates in schools and cultural centers. It also includes a workshop for children aimed at fostering an aesthetical education since early ages.
“Ticket to Paradise” by Gerardo Chijona is based on the book Confessions of a doctor and tells the story of four youngsters during the 1990s who travel across Cuba to get away from their family problems.
It began to be screened in Havana’s movies theaters.
Cinemazul 2011 is dedicated to the 52 anniversary of the Cuban Film Industry Institute marked today, hence competitive discussions will focus on films by Cuban directors like Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Humberto Solas and Fernando Perez.
Similar events are taking place in other provinces of the countries to select contestants who will take part in the national Festival scheduled for May. The event grants the Ola Prize, which is the biggest national award to members of movie appreciation clubs.
The Festival also gives prizes in the categories of critic and research about the development of the seventh art in terms of both creation and cultural promotion.
Specialists and creators who have participated in the Cinemazul Festival have said this is the only event of its type in the world as its activities are focused on the audience and the artistic and social impact of films.