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Cuba: Cuban cinema-goers yearn for upcoming Havana Film Festival

HAVANA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) — After months of staying indoors, Havana resident Mireya Ruiz is eager to return to the cinema during Havana’s upcoming 42nd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.

“Many people in Cuba save their vacations to attend the film festival,” she said. “I will try to attend movie theaters as much as possible, but I will be very cautious because of the virus.”

The festival will screen more than 90 films from about 20 countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Colombia in the first part of the event, from Dec. 3 to 13, festival president Ivan Giroud told a press conference on Thursday.

The much-anticipated festival, which is annually joined by foreign visitors and 300,000 moviegoers, will take place on a small scale this time, and will be held under strict anti-pandemic protocols, Giroud said.

Stressing the irreplaceability of cinema-going against the backdrop of rising digitalization and the new challenge of the COVID-19 crisis, Giroud said, “We are open to the digital world, but the social and cultural experience of watching a film at cinemas cannot be replaced.”

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