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National Film Award given to Magaly Pompa in Cuba (+Photos)

Havana, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuban makeup artist Magaly Pompa was awarded today the 2023 National Film Award in the context of celebrations for the 64th anniversary of the founding of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (Icaic).

The renowned artist, nominated on several occasions, was chosen among the 22 candidates for this year’s award given by ICAIC, in an unanimous vote.

Manuel Herrera, president of the jury and 2022 National Film Award winner, emphasized that giving the award to Pompa is recognition of the artistic character of those who work behind the scenes, in the invisible trades of cinema.

Today we reward a Cuban makeup artist that continues to be that girl from the countryside who arrived one day in the capital to concquer it, added Herrera.

She was present in all of Humberto Solás’ films and as we know, that alone is already a great merit for her career, highlighted the filmmaker Jorge Luis Sánchez. The event was attended by the Minister of Culture Alpidio Alonso, the president of Icaic Ramón Samada; as well as actors and film directors such as Fernando Pérez, Eslinda Nuñez, Patricio Wood, Verónica Lynn, Daisy Granados, Gerónimo Labrada, Raúl Rodríguez and workers from other institutions of the sector.

The projection of a brief documentary on the Icaic news program directed by Daniel Díaz in 1979 began the activity that culminated in the interpretation of three musical themes by singers Luis Manuel Molina and Lupita Martínez.

In addition, an audiovisual compilation of the artistic work of the outstanding Cuban makeup artist was shown.

Magaly Pompa joined the ICAIC team of make-up artists in 1962 and, after starting as an assistant in this specialty in Armando Gatti’s film El otro Cristóbal (1964), she continued her work in more than forty national and international productions directed by representative figures of the national cinema such as Humberto Solás, Fernando Pérez, Enrique Pineda Barnet and Manuel Octavio Gómez.

She holds the Raúl Gómez García medal and the Distinction for National Culture, and in 2017 she received the Special Recognition granted by ICAIC for her lifelong work.


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