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13th Venezuelan Film Festival Begins in Frankfurt

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Published 11 November 2017

In commemoration of 120 years of Venezuelan cinema, a series of short films produced between 1919 and 1939 will be presented in Frankfurt, Germany.

For the thirteenth time, the doors of the communal cinema hall were opened at the Filmforum-Höchst., in Frankfurt, Germany, with the Venezuelan Film Festival "Venezuela im Film - ¡Qué chévere!".

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In commemoration of 120 years of Venezuelan cinema, the Consulate General of Venezuela in Frankfurt, together with the support of the National Autonomous Cinema Center (CNAC), La Villa del Cine and Amazonia Films will present a series of short films produced between 1919 and 1939 that were restored by the National Cinemateca Foundation.

"Bearing in mind that the Lumiere brothers made the first film presentations in Paris in 1895, and that in Venezuela the first cinematographic records were in 1897, it was found very early on that the cinematography fell on fruitful ground in Latin America," said the director of the cinema, Klaus-Peter Roth, during the opening event.

The festival that began on November 9 and lasted until November 12, 2017, began with the historical film “Azu, alma de princesa” by director Luis Alberto Lamata "to show people a part of the history of Venezuela that is not widely known in Germany, "said the Consulate General of Venezuela in Frankfurt.

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"In addition to being a very well made film, with excellent actors, one realizes its extraordinary value, considering the difficulties of filming in an environment in nature that is difficult to reach," said the diplomat.

"El Amparo", by Roger Calzadilla, the most awarded Venezuelan film this year, will also be present at the festival, as will the documentaries "Cecilia y las niñas", by Alfredo Arzola and Gabriela G. Fuentes, and the comedy "El pez que fuma", by Roman Chalbaud, a legendary classic of Venezuelan cinema from the 1970s.

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