Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Center for Mexican Studies of UNAM in London and the Center for Modern Languages of King’s College, London, presents a screening of the documentary “El laberinto de Octavio Paz”, followed by a talk with the Spanish producer Adela Iriarte and the Mexican poet and expert on Octavio Paz, Pedro Serrano. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and the event is in Spanish and English.
This new documentary reviews the work and trajectory of the Mexican poet and essayist (1914-1998), with testimonies of 25 great experts, among them writers Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Edwards, Hugo Hiriart, Elena Poniatowska and Alberto Ruy Sánchez; the poets Pere Gimferrer, Ida Vitale and Jean-Clarence Lambert, first translator of Paz to the French; the essayists Juan Villoro, Juan Malpartida and Christopher Domínguez Michael; the Sanscritists Óscar Pujol and Juan Arnau; art critics Juan Manuel Bonet and Fernando Castro Flórez; the painter Vicente Rojo; the Chinese Hispanist Shihua He, as well as Hans Meinke, editor of the complete works of the Mexican writer.
The documentary offers a broad vision of the production of an author who always affirmed that the true biography of a poet is not in the events of his life, but in his work. But he also gives special attention to fundamental episodes of his life: the years he lived in India, where he served as Ambassador of Mexico between 1962 and 1968 and wrote some of the major works; The visit to Spain in 1937 to attend the International Congress of Writers for the Defense of Culture, or the brilliant meeting with Marie José, first in Delhi and then in Paris.
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