A Film Series looks at Gabriel García Márquez and the Latin Cinematic Imagination


The Harry Ransom Center is teaming up with the Austin Film Society, to present “Gabriel García Márquez and the Latin Cinematic Imagination,” a film series that explores the Nobel Prize-winning author’s life in film — his inspirations, collaborations, and legacy in cinema.

The free screenings are in tandem with “Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer,” the Ransom Center’s current exhibition and the first show culled from García Márquez’s massive archive which the University of Texas research library acquired in 2014.

First up is conversation with García Márquez’s son, filmmaker Rodrigo García. Garcia has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives”; three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs”; and “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson.

Garcia will be joined in conversation with film scholar Chale Nafus, and the discussion is paired with a screening of “Fitzcarraldo” (1982). This German film directed by Werner Herzog tells the story of a man who capitalizes on the booming rubber industry in Latin America in order to fund his dream of opening an opera house.

“Fitzcarraldo” with Rodrigo Garcia and Chale Nafus is at 3 p.m. March 1 at the Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. Admission is free. Event info here.

Films at the Ransom Center continue with:

  • “Umberto D,” 3 p.m., March 8
    1952, Italian with English subtitles. Runtime 91 minutes, NR.
    An Italian neo-realist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Carlo Battisti, one of the film’s many non-professional actors, stared as Umberto Domenico Ferrari, an elderly man in Rome who is desperately trying to avoid eviction. Italian with English subtitles.
  • “Of Love and Other Demons,” 3 p.m., March 15
    2009, Spanish with English subtitles. Runtime 103 minutes, NR.
    Based on a novel written by Gabriel García Márquez, “Of Love and Other Demons” won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 83rd Academy Awards as an entry from Costa Rica.

The second part of the film series will be presented in April at the AFS Cinema.

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