Gabo: The Magic of Reality of Gabriel García Márquez
Gabo, La Magia de lo real
Directed by Justin Webber
Justin Webster’s extraordinary documentary about Gabriel García Máquez, one of Latin America’s most beloved and influential writers and thinkers is a must-see for lovers of literature and film. The inventor of “Magical Realism” is revealed through archival footage, interviews with writers, political leaders, relatives, and men and women on the streets, and the words of García Márquez himself. Webster thoroughly follows the artistic, political and personal evolution of this law-school dropout and political journalist who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who would win the hearts of millions, from the poorest to the most powerful political leaders, and whose works changed our perception of reality? The answer is the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez – ‘Gabo’ to all of Latin America – author of the globally popular masterpiece ‘100 Years of Solitude’, and the most popular and perhaps the best writer in Spanish since Cervantes’. Growing up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, he was propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility. Gabo pioneered life-affirming literature and, through his militant journalism and friendships with leaders like Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton, was at the forefront of the political struggles of the 70’s and 80’s. More than just a biography, this film is a powerful narrative following the interwoven threads of Márquez’s life and work to reveal the incredible power of human imagination.
: Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Jon Lee Anderson
Producer: Kate Home
Editing: Judit Mendez Puig