Jesús Palacios, coordinator of the Neo-Western: The New Frontier cycle, screening at the Monopol Multiplex since March 5, will also present the Freakiest Night’s sixteenth edition, on Friday, March 11
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival will have again one of its basic collaborators, Jesús Palacios, who will bring to the capital of the island the sixteenth edition of the Freakiest Night, on Friday, March 11, and a cycle entitled Neo-Western: The New Frontier, whose screenings will start the first weekend of the Festival.
Although Palacios himself will be the one explaining at a press conference the details of the works’ selection, the journalist and writer has already revealed that nowadays that the nostalgia for the Western has flooded not only the movie theaters’ commercial releases but also the international competitions and festivals, his proposal moves to “the return of the Western from unexpected film industries, areas, settings and mutations.” The selection is a response to the need of popular and genre cinema aimed at adult and curious spectators.
From the selected tapestry, the only American film is Bone Tomahawk, by S. Craig Zahler, a piece that “combines the revisionist Western with the cannibal horror splatter”, according to the cycle’s coordinator. Aferim!, by Radu Jude, moves the typical Wild West setting to the 19th-century Rumania, while the Canadian production El ardor, by Pablo Fendrik, moves it to the tropical jungle and the Austrian-German Das Finistere Tal (The Dark Valley), by Andreas Prochaska, presents a pale rider arriving to a little village by the Alps.
The British film Slow West, by John Maclean, and the Danish The Salvation, by Kristian Levring, revive the spaghetti western’s legacy in their respective settings.