Hugo Villa Presented the Restored Version of El Grito at the 16th FICMBy: Marco Mejía @MiqkelMejia
The restored version of the documentary El Grito (1968), by Leobardo López Arretche, was screened as part of the sixteenth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), thanks to the invaluable support of the Filmoteca UNAM and Hugo Villa Smythe, general director of Cinematographic Activities, who was present at the screening, in addition to Daniela Michel, director of FICM.
Hugo Villa said that the project generated by students of the University Center for Film Studies (CUEC-UNAM) during the Student Movement of 1968 in Mexico, has great value because of the way in which it was filmed. He also added that the restoration of the film achieves a new visual experience: “It is a work that portrays the journey of CUEC students, who took to the streets with cameras and school equipment to record the movement. There is also a beautiful book that we edited, and you can get along with the DVD of this restored version”.
“The experience of watching this movie on a screen this size and with the lights off is something that previous generations did not have the opportunity to do,” he added.
Daniela Michel reaffirmed Hugo Villa’s comment and pointed out that the documentary “was forbidden for many years”.
The restored version of El Grito is a documentary work that includes images collected that added up to a total of eight hours of filming; the material was edited under the direction of Leobardo López Arretche to give as a result one of the most important testimonies of this historic event.
On Friday, October 26 at 5:30 p.m., Hugo Villa will present the Filmoteca UNAM Medal to Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski prior to the second screening of his film Cold War.