Garcia Marques, promoter of the New LatAm Film Foundation

Revered by millions of readers through works such as Cien años de soledad and El coronel no tiene quien le escriba, García Márquez also left his mark as a screenwriter, critic and promoter of the New Latin American Film Foundation (FNCL). .

On December 4, 1985, at the opening of the FNCL in Cuba, the award-winning author recalled the time when he studied at the Experimental Film Center in Rome in the 1950s, and said that at that time, ” I wanted nothing more in life than to be the director I never was”.

Although the dream of being a filmmaker never came true, the Colombian writer was able to see a considerable part of his literary production on screen, although most of the time the versions fell short of his books.

The films inspired by his creations are En este pueblo no hay ladrones (1965) by the Mexican Alberto Isaac and La viuda de Montiel (1979) by the Chilean Miguel Littin, which achieved international fame and to a certain extent captured the spirit of the novel, but seemed to be more than he realized.

In the following decades, other films were made based on Gabo’s works, including Eréndira (1983), Crónica de una muerte anunciada (1987), Un señor muy viejo con unas alas enormes (1988), El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (1999) and Del amor y otros demonios (2009).

One of the best-known films is Love in the Time of Cholera (2007), directed by British director Mike Newell and starring Spanish actor Javier Bardem, whose most distinctive feature is perhaps the musical score of the Colombian singer Shakira, since the film received poor reviews and did not capture the atmosphere and feeling of the book.

Perhaps because of these negative experiences, the writer hesitated to bring to the screen his most beloved creation, Cien años de soledad, full of complex characters and told at different times, with a structure that poses a great challenge. to cinematic language.

However, those who have wondered what an audiovisual version of the novel would look like may be very close to knowing the answer, since the Netflix streaming platform is producing a series based on it.

In fact, last June the casting process began in Colombia to choose the actors for the project, which is scheduled for two 20-hour seasons.

Hopefully, this release will meet the demands of audiences loving García Márquez’s literature, which will surely only be achieved if the series manages to capture, at least in part, the fascinating world of the fictional town of Macondo and the joys, troubles and experiences of seven generations of the Buendía family.

(From Weekly Orb)


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