A big event in world cinema will take place from 12- 20th November in five places around the country – Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Cap Cana and Nagua, as well as in Haití. More than 50 documentaries and feature films will be shown; 30 panel discussions, workshops and master classes will also take place.
Biodegradable To Open The 7th Dominican Republic Global Film Festival
(Santo Domingo, Monday October 14, 2013 ) . – The 7th edition of the Dominican Republic Global Film Festival (FCGD) brings back to the Dominican public world-class productions with the screening of more than 50 films, including local productions, during the event which this year takes place from the 12th to 20th of November.
Making the announcement on behalf of the FCGD Organizing Committee were Marco Herrera, executive director of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE); director of the festival Omar de la Cruz, and Yvette Marichal, its creative and communications director.
The British ambassador in the country, Steve Fisher, participated in the meeting, which was held at Cafe Filo Juan Bosch Library. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the guest of honor for this new edition of the FCGD. Films will be screened in five places in the Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Cap Cana, and Nagua – as well as in Jacmel, Haití, after the Festival is inaugurated at the National Theatre on Tuesday night November 12th, with the roll-out of the Golden Carpet and the parade of invited stars.
Biodegradable will kick off the film showings on opening night at the National Theatre. It is the first film that director Juan Basanta has made. The screenplay is by Marcel Fondeur and Juan Basanta, and is based on the adaptation of Jorge Luis Núñez Pascual’s novel “A Rose in the Middle of Nowhere”, by William Mejia. The film cast includes noted cinematographer Claudio Chea as well as other distinguished members including Liz Gallardo, Rayniel Rufino, Liche Ariza, Hemky Madera, César Évora, Paul Calderon, Cecilia García, Ángel Haché and Giovanny Cruz.
The Festival will feature leading artists of cinema, as well as directors and filmmakers. The managers indicate they will soon announce the stellar figures who will illuminate the carpets at the opening ceremonies.
More than 200 volunteers are already integrated into the work of organizing and preparations the Festival. Most are young students who have participated with great enthusiasm in previous editions in Santo Domingo and country’s inland. As part of the theme of the Festival “Global Issues, Personal Stories”, this international film event will feature more than 50 high quality documentaries and features that address pressing global issues of our time and contain stories about challenges and personal achievements.
The FCGD will offer showings and a series of panels and conferences about the Industry in Santo Domingo (National Theatre, Palazzo del Cinema Blue Mall, Funglode, ITLA, Telecommunications Cultural Center , National Film Center, Cultural Center Mauricio Báez, UASD), Cap Cana (Fishing Lodge), Santiago de los Caballeros (Grand Theatre of Cibao Region, Bella Terra Mall Film Palace, CURSA), Puerto Plata (CURA, Hotel Grand Paradise Amhsa Marina), Nagua (CURNA) and the newly – debuted conventions center of Jacmel in neighboring Haiti.
The programming for this 7th edition of the FCGD is structured into 8 sections: overall selection, the first Iberoamerican Opera Prima competition, the Hispanic Perspectives section, the Second Showing of Fashion Cinema, Touching DR- where we find Dominicans participating in one way or another – and showings dedicated to films from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the country of honor on this occasion. The Documentary Parade brings together various films while the section for short films should not be overlooked.
As usual the event will have projections of short films in the 5th Short Film Competition with 11 productions in competition, in its new international version; the shorts of the Festival Institute project, the IGM, Global Cinema for Peace and Development, and screening of award-winning shorts by the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, the Tisch school of arts and New York University (NYU).
Opera Prima Award
The titles of the 8 Iberoamerican films that will compete for the Opera Prima Award – the highest award of the festival – are:The Butterflies of Sadourni by Darío Nardi (Argentina); So Much Water by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Uruguay/Mexico);Everyone Has a Plan, directed by Ana Piterbarg (Germany/Spain/Argentina ); Molasses, Carlos Lechuga (Cuba / France); Summer of the Flying Fish, Marcela Said (Chile/France); Colors by Francisco Garcia (Brazil); Workers by José Luis Valle (Mexico/Germany) and End, Jorge Torregrossa (Spain).
Among the most anticipated films for cinema lovers, we should note the work of The Grandmaster by Wong Kar- wai; the French-Spanish co-production The Artist and the Model by Fernando Trueba ; The Witches of Zugaramurdi, directed by Alex de la Iglesia and the Palme d’ Or nominee at Cannes Jeune et Jolie by director François Ozon. More details:
-Admission to the film showings will be free of cost in Nagua, Santiago and Puerto Plata. There will be a Global Pass at a cost of RD$1,500 that will give access to all screenings. In the Blue Mall tickets will cost RD $250
-In Cap Cana films will be shown in what has been titled Movies Under the Stars .
-With the consent of the Ministry of Education, primary and secondary students will enjoy the festival films in morning sessions, and university students will also attend this year.
-The media which will cover the event must be accredited through the portal at www.festivaldecineglobal.org
-The FCGD will also provide information about the festival on social networks and on their official website : http://festivaldecineglobal.org/2013/