Tuesday April 29, 2014
The 38th Montreal World Film Festival will be dedicated to the memory of Gabriel García Márquez who died earlier this month, it was announced.
“I had the privilege of meeting this brilliant beacon of 20th century world literature on several occasions,” recalls MWFF president, Serge Losique. “His immense humanist talent, his powerful advocacy for South American cultures in general and magic realism in particular influenced not only his literary colleagues but numerous Latin American filmmakers whose work we have showcased over the years at the Festival. And his influence has radiated across the globe. Filmmakers as distant as China have been inspired by his work.”
Affectionately known as “Gabo”, Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was born in Colombia but lived in Venezuela, Spain and, especially, Mexico. Márquez began his writing career as a politically committed journalist but soon expanded his writing into non-fiction works, short stories, screenplays and novels, among his best known of which are One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). Along the way he accumulated dozens of literary awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
The graphic quality of Márquez's language was noticed early on and he himself explained that each of his stories was inspired by “a visual image”. He had a long and involved history with film. He was a film critic, he founded and served as executive director of the Film Institute in Havana, he headed the Latin American Film Foundation, and he wrote several screenplays.
Several of his stories have inspired other writers and directors including Francesco Rosi, Miguel Littin, Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Arturo Ripstein, Mike Newell and Hilda Hidalgo, whose 2010 screen adaptation Of Love and Other Demons followed Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös’ 2008 opera from the same work.