HAVANA TIMES, March 2 — Cuban filmmaker and essayist Jose Massip received the 2012 National Film Award here on Thursday in recognition of his outstanding career of over 50 years, reported the Prensa Latina news agency.
The jury — headed by actress Eslinda Nunez, director Gerardo Chijona, and photographer Raul Perez Ureta — unanimously awarded the prize to the founder of both the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts and Industry and the Nuestro Tiempo Cultural Society.
Massip, 86, worked closely with Julio Garcia Espinosa, Alfredo Guevara and Tomas Gutierrez Alea in the filming of the famous documentary “El megano.”
Standing out among his best known works is the documentary Historia de un ballet (Suite Yoruba) and Madina Boe. His overall work is marked by the treatment of Cuban national hero Jose Marti in films like Paginas del diario de Jose Marti and Los tiempos del joven Marti.