by HFPA March 4, 2011

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and noted author of such literary classics as Love In The Time Of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude, never wanted to be a writer, according to his brother.

Instead 83-year-old Marquez longed to be a filmmaker but never achieved his ambition, his brother Jaime told Hollywood Foreign Press members on a visit to Cartagena.

The nearest he came was as a film critic on the Bogota newspaper El Espectador and serving as executive director of the Film Institute in Havana.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who now divides his time between Cartagena and Mexico City, later saw several of his books and stories made into movies by other people.

“Ironically, it is his son Rodrigo, my nephew, who is the filmmaker in the family,” said Jaime, who runs the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation) in Cartagena, which he and his brother founded in 1994.

Rodrigo, 59, who lives in Los Angeles, has written and directed several movies, including the drama Mother and Son, which starred Naomi Watts and was nominated for an Image Award this year.