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Venezuelan filmmaker Margot Benacerraf dies

Benacerraf, a pioneer of Venezuelan cinema, founded the National Cinematheque and directed seminal films such as Araya, which won an award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959.

This Wednesday the news of the death of the renowned Venezuelan filmmaker Margot Benacerraf, pioneer of Venezuelan cinema, founder of the National Cinematheque and director of fundamental films such as Araya – winner of the Cannes International Film Festival, France, in 1959, was announced. – and Reverón.

The messages of condolence for the physical departure of the Venezuelan filmmaker They have multiplied through social networks, in recognition of their contribution to the country's culture.

It was reported that the funeral will be held at the Quinta Beit Yossef in San Bernardino, Caracas.

“Margot, archetype of the Venezuelan female filmmaker, not only brilliantly fulfilled her profession, immortalized in the films Reverón and Araya, the latter deserving of the Cannes Prize in 1959. She also dedicated her life to the training of new generations and to the preservation of the Venezuelan film heritage, being the founder and emblem of our Cinematheque,” ​​published the Minister of Culture, Ernesto villegas, on the social network X.

In the publication he regretted that Margot Benaceraff changed plans less than three months before turning 98 years of age, and recalled that President Nicolás Maduro conferred on her the Francisco de Miranda Order in 2018.

"I do not expect to live 97 years, like Margot Benacerraf, but I do expect to see with these eyes that - once the legal deadlines have been met - the remains of Román, Margot and Juanita, a loving expression of the Venezuelan affirmative, are taken to the National Pantheon, just as happened with the master painter of Macuto in 2016. Do they deserve it? With profit. “Honor and eternal glory!” Villegas added on the social network.

“It is with deep regret that I learn of the physical departure of Margot Benacerraf. Distinguished female filmmaker dedicated to cinema and culture. Director of "araya” and “Reverón” fundamental of our cinema and founder of Cinemateca Nacional perhaps her most important work. Thank you Margot,” the president of the National Cinematheque, Vladimir Sosa Sarabia, wrote on his behalf on social network X.

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