June 23, 2000
Created in 1997 in honor of Mexican photographer Gabriel Figueroa, the Gabi award was conceived in recognition of the cinematographic contributions to the industry of Spanish-language films. During the first edition of the festival Gabriel Figueroa, himself, was awarded this honor. In 1998, esteemed actor Raul Julia was posthumous awarded. Spanish film director Carlos Saura was the recipient in 1999, and for this year's festival actor Edward James Olmos and the 4th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival are proud to announce that celebrated star of Mexican film, Maria Felix, has been selected as this year's recipient of the Gabi award.
Without a doubt the history of Mexican film would not have been the same without the presence of Maria Felix, who made her stellar debut on the big screen in 1942 with actor Jorge Negrete in the film "El Peñon de las Animas." Felix went on the star in 47 films in a thirty-year span. Her last film appearance was in 1970's "La Generala."
Although La Doña (as she is known by the adoring fans) refused to work in American films, she maintained her movie star status, working with famed, international directors such as Jean Renoir, Tito Davidson, Luis Buñuel and Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez.
This year The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will feature a series of Maria Felix's movies projected in 35mm. films.
The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival runs from July 21-30, 2000, and is open to the general public.