The festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Juan Rulfo’s birthday, one of the finest novelists, short-story masters in 20th-century Latin America and an extraordinary photographer, with the New York premiere of the documentary “100 years with Juan Rulfo. A wanderer”. Five photographs and the search for the exact place in Mexico where his father took them inspired filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo to make this film. Professor Pedro Ángel Palou will also present the book “El Llano en llamas, Pedro Páramo y otras obras (en el centenario de su autor)”, co-written with professor Francisco Ramírez Santacruz and prestigious scholars from universities in Germany, Belgium, Spain, United States, France, England, Mexico and Switzerland, the articles focus on some of the lesser-known short stories (“El hombre” and “Paso del Norte”), pose a novel discussion about one of his most talked about pieces (“Lluvina”); vindicate Rulfo as well versed in the Bible; reflect on “El Gallo de Oro” (The Golden Cockerel); transcribe a series of interviews with filmmakers who were inspired by Rulfo, and promote a comparative analysis between Rulfo and Nellie Campobello, Julio Llamazares y José Agustín.
Juan Rulfo (1917-1986) was a Mexican writer, screenwriter, and photographer, best known for two books: “El Llano en llamas,” a collection of short stories published in 1953, and “Pedro Páramo”, from 1955. These two works were enough to secure Rulfo a place among the giants of Spanish-language literature.
This program is made possible thanks to the support of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the King Juan Carlos I of Spain at the New York University (NYU) and FONCA