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Spanish with English subtitles

With José Luis García Agraz, Felipe Cazals, Ruy Guerra, Lisandro Duque, María Rojo, Rodrigo García, Carlos García Agraz, Senel Paz, Juan Arturo Brenan, Alquimia Peña, Jorge Sánchez Sosa, Teresa Díaz, Paul Leduc, Bertha Navarro, María Julia Grillo, Roman Gubern

It is said that Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez never allowed for a film adaptation of his singular masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude, arguably the most influential novel in any language of the second half of the twentieth century, to be produced. However, the prolific Colombian writer had strong ties to the movies.

Gabo & Cinema is a commendable and well-documented contribution to the general study of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez’s cultural production. In the voice of his friends and accomplices, the documentary takes us beyond his literary figure and immerses us in his cinematic one.

García Márquez’s work inspired numerous film adaptations, and he wrote a handful of screenplays as well. The one-time journalist even penned movie reviews, a unique and indeed indispensable addition to the critical literature of a writer of world importance.

Additionally, García Márquez was the head of the Latin American Film Foundation and founded the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños together with Argentine poet and filmmaker Fernando Birri and Cuban filmmaker Julio García Espinosa. It became the first film and TV school to support Latin Americans in presenting the reality of the region’s social issues on screen. Today, both institutions are considered to be the best of their kind in the region.


“Featuring interviews with Garcia Marquez from de 1980s-era documentaries regarding his opinions on filmmaking, and brief clips from several of his adapted works, this often fascinating view of the master novelist's cinematic side is recommended.” – P. Hall, Video Librarian

“I think that movies could go further than books as an expressive medium; the future belongs to media and communications.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“Until A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabo has always run after cinema; after A Hundred Years of Solitude, cinema started running after Gabo.” – Senel Paez

“I had the conviction that cinema and images have expressive possibilities that would go further than literature.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“I realized that it is a very hard work and mostly because not only cinema depends on literature, but also because it depends greatly on an industrial apparatus, while literature not so much. So I found that it was very complicated to express oneself, personally, individually, in cinema; and I stayed in the modest solitude of literature.” – Gabriel García Márquez

“He was a cinephile. Like he always said, what he wanted was to be a filmmaker.” – Carlos García Agraz

“Cinema was Gabo’d greatest passion. He had a predilection for a certain kind of films. He was very close to Italian Cinema, for example…” – Felipe Cazals

About the Director
José Luis García Agraz (Mexico City, 1952) is a director, screenwriter, producer, and editor of short/feature films, documentaries, television programs and commercials. He graduated from the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (UNAM) in 1977. His awards and recognitions include the Ariel de Oro for Best Picture and the Ariel de Plata for Best Director, a Goya nomination for Best Picture, and Best Picture at the 12th Festival of Latin American Cinema in Trieste, Italy, among others. His films have been screened internationally, at prestigious festivals and cinemas such as the Festival of International Cinema of Berlin, the French Cinematheque, The American Film Institute (AFI) and the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney, to name a few.

He directs and produces series for Netflix and is a regular lecturer at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC), one of the top 10 film schools in the world, based in Mexico City.

Notes on Film

We wanted to make an intimate research of the perhaps barely known relation of Gabo with the cinema; his efforts to see a region full of images and stories flourish and thrive, with the sensitivity of the Latin American filmmakers. This film is an homage to the tireless work and the profound mark that Gabriel García Márquez left on all of us, who had the chance to work with him, but beyond that, the joy of spending time and learning from him, with his infinite spirit to share. Gabo & Cinema is a nostalgic, yet joyful, cinematographic farewell to our great friend Gabo.

José Luis García Agraz