Inauguration of Cinema Planeta Festival in homage to Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau

13 February 2011

An inaugural soiree opened the third year of the Cinema Planeta Festival, which is dedicated to France. The evening event, introduced by the Festival’s sponsor, actress Elizabeth Cervantes, before an audience of more than 2,000, took place by a lake in the luxuriant Borda Garden. This garden was the residence of wealthy families in the colonial era and today is the site of many cultural events.

In the presence of representatives of the state of Morelos and of the Mexican Ministry of the Environment (SEMARNAT), the evening began with a tribute to Captain Cousteau. After the screening of a video that reviewed the Captain’s work, children arrived from the lake in electrically powered inflatable boats to present a special Festival Prize to Faustine Martinez and Noémie Stroh, representing Francine Cousteau. The Prize is in the form of a threatened species of crab endemic to the region of Cuernavaca, called a Congrejito Barranqueño, and was created by artist Victor Hugo Nuñez.

The film Women Are Heroes, produced by French photographer JR, which presents the extraordinary strength of women from all corners of the world, provided a moving end to a beautiful evening.