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The contents of the festival travel throughout the net

 A group of bloggers and film critics from some specialized websites, such as ‘Blogs&Docs’, ‘Transit’, ‘Acuartaparede’, ‘L’Accent’, ‘Esencia Cine’, ‘El Antepenúltimo Mohicano’, ‘Miradas de Cine’, ‘Bandeja de Plata’, ‘MacGuffin007’ and ‘Las horas perdidas’, emphasize the brave and risky bet of the festival

 The program Días de Cine, which reaches 24 years of broadcast on TVE, and the specialized publication Caimán, Cuadernos de Cine (known before as Cahiers du Cinéma España) gives special attention to the festival’s schedule

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sunday, March 06, 2016. The 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival projects a picture of itself to the exterior not only through traditional mass media but also through online platforms that broadcast its contents and its bet on titles on the fringes of the industry.

Digital magazines and bloggers with an important amount of followers among the seventh art’s enthusiasts dedicate these days part of their online content to the Festival’s schedule. Moreover, reference programs such as Días de Cine, with more than 1100 broadcasted programs on TVE, for almost 25 years, and the platform FilmAffinity, essential now for plenty of film buffs, are present at the Festival to which they give special attention.

Alejandro Díaz, from ‘Transit’, José Manuel López, ‘Caiman Cuaderno de Cine’ (known before as Cahiers du Cinéma España) a regular of portals such as Secuencias and Blogs&Docs; Alba Cambeiro, from ‘Acuartaparede’, Adolfo Oriol, from ‘L’Accent’; Attua Alegre, director of ‘Esencia Cine’; Luis Forero, who writes from Berlín in ‘El Antepenúltimo Mohicano’; Luis Fernández, from ‘Miradas de Cine’, Aythami Ramos, from ‘Bandeja de Plata’; Raúl Fabelo and Víctor Aguado, from ‘MacGuffin007’ and Nauzet Melián, from ‘Las horas perdidas‘; they all enlarge the spreading of the festival in the social networks through their profiles, an act that allows to open new ways of broadcasting not only for the festival, but also for the city.

Attua Alegre, a Tenerife-native student of journalism, who contributes to ‘Esencia Cine’, emphasized the importance of these online platforms “to create a liking and culture among the film-buff communities who look for contents beyond the traditional offer.”

Luis Forero, from ’El Antepenúltimo Mohicano’, landed on the island after having received recommendations of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Festival for some years. “I was quite curious about the idea of visiting the festival and the city. I have been told highly about the films they screen, with a different and brave bet.”

These bloggers and film critics highlight as well the surrounding atmosphere and the great response of the public, who hasn’t stop coming during the weekend to the cinema. “The city is already linked to a very interesting film festival”, pointed out Raúl Fabelo and Víctor Aguado, who work in Madrid for MacGuffin 007. “We’ve had the chance to escape this weekend and we are really enjoying it. We loved the screening of the film from the Neo-Western cycle at the Quegles building. They managed to create an enviable atmosphere.”

These digital magazines’ contributors, who are in between the amateur and the professional, and who have emerged during the last years among the fans, coincide in pointing out that a festival, apart from betting on culture and bringing to the local audience a risky and brave cinema, makes lots of noise at the outside, “and that is good for the city.”

Alba Cambeiro, contributor to the web www.acuartaparede.com (digital film critic magazine in Galician) stresses the proposal presented this weekend by the Canarian directors: “coming to the festival has allowed me to get into the cinema made in the islands. I’ve seen plenty of similitudes with the Galician cinema, not only because of the scarce help they receive, but also because of the narrative and pictorial bet of the films.”

Mar de Mármara and Evolution bring to a close the screenings of the Canarias Cinema section’s competing feature films

  • Six Canarian competing feature films by Macu Machín, Zac73dragon, Ayoze García, David Pantaleón, Fernando Alcántara and Christian Lage, respectively, make up the second part of Canarias Cinema, screening at 5pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 3rd screen

The films Mar de Mármara, by Pedro García, and Evolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, bring to a close today Sunday, March 6, the screenings of the Canarias Cinema section’s competing feature films. The first one, whose press and jury showing will take place at 10am at the Monopol Multiplex’s 3rd screen, will be presented at 11:15am at the Pérez Galdós Theater by its director, Pedro García (Estancias en la ciudad de piedra, El hijo de Pasolini and El viaje del árbol, among other). Mar de Mármara, whose international premiere will take place within the festival’s framework, traces the musician Camille Saint-Saëns in Villa Melpómene, near Guía.

The second feature film, Evolution, shot in coproduction with France and Belgium, has already been at the Toronto, San Sebastián, London, Stockholm and Turin festivals, and focuses its story on a coastal village only inhabited by women and children.

Los directores de los cortos a competición en Cortometrajes 2

In the afternoon, the festival will hold the first screening of Cortometrajes 2, a part of Canarias Cinema, a section sponsored by Televisión Canaria and Canarias Cultura en Red, with the titles submitted to the competition El Impero de la Luz (Macu Machín, Spain, 2016, 15 min.), Desayuno con Pastillas (Zac73dragon, Spain, 2016, 10 min.), Isføre (Ayoze García, Spain, 2016, 15 min.), Fiesta de pijamas (David Pantaléon, Spain, 2015, 7 min.), Náufrago sin isla (Fernando Alcántara, Spain, 2016, 10 min.) and Viejo (Christian Lage, Spain, 2015, 4 min.). Their directors will present their respective works to the audience during the showing taking place at 5pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 3rd screen.

Richard Leacock’s work through filmmaker Jane Weiner

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Richard on Leacock, by Jane Weiner

The 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival presents on Saturday, March 5, the first of the two works by filmmaker Jane Weiner, who also visits this Festival’s edition as the jury’s president: Ricky on Leacock (2012, 6pm, Monopol 2), a feature film made from her close relationship with her mentor, the documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock. According to the director’s words, it is a 38-year journey that she began in 1972, “as a young filmmaker and, shooting off and throughout many years, I filmed many and various encounters between Ricky, his friends and contemporaries, including Henri Langlois, Jean Rouch, Jean Luc-Godard, D.A. Pennebaker, Robert Drew, and others.” An example in which she mixes her own footage with “film clips and rare images from Leacock’s personal film archives”, with whom she worked at the prestigious M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). This film, concludes Weiner, “pays homage to my mentor and, most importantly, allows him to tell us the story of his long film making career in his own words.” Richard Leacock, a British documentary filmmaker and one of the Direct Cinema and Cinéma Verité pioneers, provides the name, since 2013, of the Awards granted in the Canarias Cinema section of the festival. A tribute of the Festival to he who held a close  bond  with the Canary Islands during his entire childhood.

Born in Manhattan, Jane Weiner studied Biology and American History at San Francisco State University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and did her M.A. Studies in Film. Weiner has co-produced and directed award-winning films since 1980 such as A camera that goes anywhere (2015) –the second title screening at the festival-, Agriculture biologique, cultiver l’avenir (2014), La camera passe-partout (2011), Agent Orange-Une guerre sans fin (2006), Le numérique (1998) and Caroline [par Giacometti] (1995), among others.

A Camera that goes Anywhere

A Camera that goes Anywhere

A camera that goes anywhere (2015), whose first screening will be on Sunday, March 6, at 6pm, deals with the process of how five pioneer filmmakers, Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker, Robert Drew, Terence Macartney-Filgate and Albert Maysles, got together at the end of the 50s in order to create a new film language. Two works, Ricky on Leacock (2012) and A camera that goes anywhere (2015) that provide the historical testimony and a view from the inside of the work carried out by the British artist.

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Filmmaker Jane Weiner

Apart from her work as a filmmaker, Jane Weiner has carried out an outstanding teaching activity at the New School Graduate Media Studies Program (New York) and at the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse (2002-04), as well as at screenwriting and documentary workshops both in Europe, North Africa and Asia.

The 16th edition of the festival opens to the public with the Canarias Cinema competitive section

 

 Filmmaker, screenwriter and writer Elio Quiroga’s chairing, the film Playing Lecuona and pianist Michel Camilo’s performance are the protagonists of the opening gala that will be held tomorrow Friday, March 4, at 9pm, at the Pérez Galdós Theater.

 The Panorama section screens tomorrow Friday, March 4, the last works of the three most important filmmakers in the history of the Festival: Mountains May Depart, by Chinese Jia Zhangke -10th edition’s Special Award and winner of the Golden Lady Harimaguada with The WorldVisita ou Memórias e Confissoes, by Manoel de Oliveira –Lady Harimaguada Honorary Award- and Cemetery of Splendour, by Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul

 The Monopol Multiplex will host tomorrow Friday, March 4, too, the first screenings of the Panorama Spain and Bande à part sections.

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, March 3, 2016. The 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival begins tomorrow Friday, March 4, the screenings of the feature films competing in the Canarias Cinema section with the documentaries Telesforo Bravo, el hombre que escuchaba a las piedras (David Baute, Spain, 2015) and Las manos (Miguel G. Morales, Spain, 2015). Their directors will present their respective works tomorrow Friday, March 4, at 1:15pm, at the Pérez Galdós Theater’s press room.

Besides, the first day of the festival will be marked by the opening gala, with the release in the Canaries of the feature film documentary Playing Lecuona, by directors JuanMa Villar and Pavel Giroud, and by the presence in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria of one of the great Latin Jazz musicians, involved as well in the film, the pianist Michel Camilo. At 9pm, the Pérez Galdós Theater will hold the ceremony in which, under filmmaker and writer Elio Quiroga’s chairing, the content of the festival’s 16th edition (March 4 – 13) will be presented.

Heriberto Zerpa and dancer Sara Velázquez will be the ones in charge of presenting the ceremony, under Quiroga’s chairing, during which Michel Camilo will play a piece. This will be the titbit of a concert specially programmed for the Festival that the renowned pianist will give at the Pérez Galdós Theater on Saturday, March 5, at 9 pm, and that will as well include some musical winks to the protagonist of the documentary, Cuban musician and composer Ernesto Lecuona.

The film Playing Lecuona, in which the musicians Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the singer Omara Portuondo, among others, also take part, will be screened, too, on Sunday, March 6, at 6pm, at the Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen.
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Tomorrow’s first morning showing (Friday, March 4, 10am) will be Telesforo Bravo, el hombre que escuchaba a las piedras, a documentary about this naturalist to whom we own important discoveries in the history of Canary Islands’ science, in the geology, zoology and archaeology fields, which granted him international recognition. Its director, David Baute, is the author of other documentaries such as La murga, ópera popular (2013), Fetasianos (2006), La memoria silenciada (2005) and Los hijos de la nube (2000).
Miguel G. Morales’ work, Las manos, is a film about the workers who managed, together with artist César Manrique, to bring to life the dream of the island of Lanzarore in the 60s: the creation of an art, culture and tourism network, landmarks within Europe’s landscape preservation. These craftsmen of stone, wood, iron or gardening explain their personal way of seeing the story that changed the island forever. It is not the first time Morales deepens into Manrique’s universe, an artist he already dealt with in Taro. El eco de Manrique (2012). Other works of his are Hombre que hace que duerme (2015), Maestro de obra (2014), and Iter in semet ipsum (2009).

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Panorama presents the last Works of Jia Zhangke, Manoel de Oliveira y Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Tomorrow (Friday, March 4), too, the festival will screen the first titles of the Panorama, Panorama Spain and Bande à part sections, three fixed sections that offer a varied selection of last-year prominent titles, both international and national, in the first two ones’ cases, and a collection of pieces close to art and film essay in Bande à part’s case.

It will be screened, within the first one, the last works of three of the Festival’s cult directors, Mountains May Depart (China, France, Japan, 2015, 131min.), by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, Visita ou Memórias e Confissoes (Portugal, 2015, 68 min.), by Portuguese Manoel de Oliveira, and Cemetery of Splendour (Thailand, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Malaysia, South Korea, Mexico, USA, Norway, 2015, 122 min.) by Thai winner of Cannes Golden Palm, Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Although shot in 1982, the public screenings of the autobiographical film Visita ou Memórias e Confissoes were banned by Oliveira himself, Lady Harimaguada Honorary Award of this festival, until after his death. This posthumous documentary of one of the crucial filmmakers in the History of Cinema, shown at the Cannes, FilMadrid and Viennale festivals, will be screened at 6pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen.

Mountains May Depart, shown, among others, at the Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Toronto and San Sebastián (in which it won the Best European Film Audience Award) festivals, will be screened at 8pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen. Jia Zhangke, honored with the 10th edition Festival’s Special Award, won the Golden Lady Harimaguada in 2005 with The World, and, in 2006, was dedicated by the festival the first retrospective offered in Spain; the following year the festival released at a national level Still Life (2006).

Finally, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s last work, to whom the festival dedicated a retrospective in 2006, will be screened at 6pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 5th screen.

The cycle “The Magic Lantern”, dedicated to the Spanish animated cinema, returns to the weekend morning sessions

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 The festival will screen three feature films and eight short films, these last included under the title Animation with Ñ and coming from the homonym section at the ANIMAYO Festival

 Poe’s universe, an adventure against climate change set on Teide and a story about friendship constitute the feature films of the cycle

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Thursday, March 3, 2016. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival restores in its 16th edition the screenings suitable for all audiences from the children and youth’s section “The magic lantern”, scheduled in morning showings on Saturdays 5 and 12 and on Sundays 6 and 13, March.

The cycle, presented today Thursday, March 03, by the director of the festival, Luis Miranda, and the director of the International Festival of Animated Films, Visual Effects and Videogames, Damián Perea, includes in its schedule three animated feature films and eight animated short films of Spanish production, these last ones grouped under the title Animation with Ñ and coming from the homonym section at the animation festival. A selection that illustrates the good condition of the Spanish production within this genre.

The universe of Poe’s tales in Extraordinary Tales, by Raúl García (Spain, USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, 2015), the leap into the future and the concern about the climate from Mount Teide’s landscape perspective in Hiroku, defensores de Gaia, by Saúl Barreto and Manuel González Mauricio (Spain, 2013), and the story about friendship Yoko y sus amigos, by Juanjo Elordi and Rishat Gilmetdinov (Spain, Rusia, 2015), are the three worlds portrayed in the feature films whose screenings will be starting on Saturday, March 5, in the morning showings of the two weekends the festival includes, at the Monopol Multiplex.

Raúl García’s title, which appeared, too, at the Gijón, Helsinki, Athens, Munich and Annecy Festivals, is made up of five literary stories by Edgar Allan Poe, each of one adapted to the screen with some different graphic-design styles inspired by artists and illustrators, which translates the complexity and deep psychology of Poe’s dark universe.

Hiroku, defensores de Gaia, nominated to the Goya Awards in 2014, is set in the year 2122, 20 years after a planetary cataclysm, on Mount Teide, where a multiethnic group of young people sets up their headquarters in order to save the planet from the tyrant Kane.

The third and last feature film scheduled in “The magic lantern” is Yoko y sus amigos, the story of a shy boy, Vik, who manages to initiate a great friendship with two other boys and with a magical being that lives in the park where they play: Yoko.

The eight short films scheduled in 2016 inside this family-oriented section are grouped, as it was mentioned before, under the title Animation with Ñ, and come from the part with the same name included in the International Festival of Animated Films, Visual Effects and Videogames, ANIMAYO. This section, devoted to the talent and the animation made by Spanish speakers from all over the world, contains two of the films screening at the Festival that were granted the Goya Award of their category in the 2014 and 2015 editions, respectively: Cuerdas (Pedro Solís, 11 min.) and Juan y la nube (Giovanni Macelli, 14 min.). The rest of the short-film showing is made up of Hi, I’m new (Mario Serrano Hervás, 3 min.), Sr. Barrientos – Fuera de juego (Kike Florido, 4 min.), Luminaris (Juan Pablo Zaramella, 6 min.), Click (Irene Iborra, Eduard Puertas, 14 min.), El vendedor de humo (Jaime Maestro, 7 min.), and La dama y la muerte (Javier Recio Gracia, 8 min.).

Schedule:

Hiroku, defensores de Gaia: Saturday 5 at noon and Sunday 13 at noon, too. Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen.
Extraordinary Tales: Sunday 6 at noon and Saturday 12 at noon, too. Monopol Multiplex’s 2nd screen.
Yoko y sus amigos. Saturday 5 at noon, Monopol Multiplex’s 2nd screen; and Sunday 13 at noon, Monopol Multiplex’s 3rd screen.
Animation with Ñ, short-film section de Animayo. Sunday 6, 10am. Monopol Multiplex’s 2nd screen.

Elio Quiroga chairs the Opening Gala of the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival

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 The ceremony, sponsored by Cajamar Canarias Foundation, will take place next March 4 at 9pm at the Pérez Galdós Theater

 Tickets, which are free, were made available to the public today at the Pérez Galdós Theater’s box offices

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, March 2, 2016. The Canarian filmmaker chairs the Opening Gala of the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, which will be presented by Sara Velázquez, actress, singer and plastic artist, and Heriberto Zerpa, singer, literary author and pediatrician.

These are some of the ingredients of a ceremony that was presented this morning by the Festival’s director, Luis Miranda, and the gala’s director, filmmaker Elio Quiroga.

Tickets to attend this meeting sponsored by Cajamar Canarias Foundation are from today, Wednesday, March 2, onwards available to the public at the Pérez Galdós Theater’s box offices, in the morning (10 to 15h) and at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, in the afternoon (16 to 21h). The theater’s box office will also remain open two hours before the ceremony itself, in case there were any seats left. Those interested in attending will be able to withdraw a maximum of two tickets per person.

These tickets will grant access both to the gala and to the opening screening of the competition, the music documentary Playing Lecuona, directed by JuanMa Villar and Pavel Giroud; a film that brings Michel Camilo to town, who, apart from offering a special performance at the opening ceremony, will give as well a concert in trio, included in the Festival’s schedule a day later, on Saturday, March 5, at the Pérez Galdós Theater.

During the Gala, the sections of this Festival’s new edition will be run through, as a brief summary, from the Competition Official Section to the informative sections, ranging over cycles, professional meetings, etc. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Festival pursues the spreading of the new tendencies in the seventh art, which are changing an artistic discipline in constant self-renewal.

Focused upon the concept of Phantasmagoria, a trick based on light, precursor of the cinematograph at the end of the 19th century, the gala will have two dance pieces composed by Canarian composer Juan Belda, and performed by the dancer and choreographer settled in London Miriam Faura, with makeup and hairstyling by Beatriz Faura Pérez, who has based her work on the expressionism’s makeup style.

The gala has a cinematographic design that employs projections, inspired by the white-and-black film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), a classic of German Expressionism, and later by the Technicolor of All that Heavens Allows, by Douglas Sirk and produced in 1955; two landmarks in the history of film language. Both have been made by Canarian painter Idaira del Castillo, in collaboration with Gran-Canaria-native plastic artist Juan Correa and art gallery director Manuel Ojeda.

The Canarian director wanted to summarize during this gala the success of a festival that reaches now sixteen years of encounters with the most interesting and transforming cinema of the global scene, and that has brought the best of the seventh art’s avant-garde to the islands, blending the phantasmagoria old technique with the digital technology that has revolutionize the medium, and with the dance, one of humanity’s oldest means of expression.

The filmmaker Jane Weiner chairs the jury of the festival’s 16th edition

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Filmmaker Jane Weiner

  • The video artist Kogonada –fourteen of whose works will be screened at the festival-, the teacher and film critic Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán, Rotterdam International Festival’s programmer Inge de Leeuw and the director Juan Barrero complete the official section’s jury
  • The short films’ jury is made up of Alberto Gracia, Elena López Riera and Jonay Armas; those in charge of assessing the works submitted to the Canarias Cinema section are Ana Pahissa, Luis Aller and Víctor Iriarte

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, March 1, 2016. New York filmmaker Jane Weiner, pupil of documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, will chair the jury of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 16th edition. Together with this teacher, director of works such as A camera that goes anywhere (2015), Africulture biologique, cultiver l’avenir (2014) and Ricky on Leacock (2012), the video artist Kogonada, the teacher and film critic Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán, Rotterdam International Festival’s programmer Inge de Leeuw and the director Juan Barrero complete the jury who will assess the official section of the competition. A jury of experts in charge of awarding the Golden Lady Harimaguada Cajamar Foundation, worth 15000 euros, as well as the Silver Lady Harimaguada to the second best feature film, whose award comes up to 8000 euros, the José Rivero Award for Best New Director, worth 5000 euros, and the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.
The Korean Kogonada, resident in the United States, and who will have fourteen of his works screened in this edition’s Bande à part section, is as well a regular of the “Criterion Collection” and the British Film Institute. Named one of the 25 Independent Cinema New Faces in the Filmmaker Magazine, he also had his work in theater, cinema and culture praised by Hilton Als in his New Yorker magazine’s slot, Good Moments, in 2014. Eduardo Rodríguez Merchán, professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, has taught some modules in History of Spanish Cinema and History of Photography and is an associated member of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias cinematográficas de España since 1992. Moreover, he is co-director of the Iberoamerican Cinema Dictionary, edited in ten volumes by the SGAE (Fundación Autor, 2012) and author of a dozen books about cinema. The fourth member of the international jury, Inge de Leeuw, apart from working as a programmer of the Rotterdam International Festival, writes about cinema and the mass media, works in the film production and collaborates with several artistic institutions (Garage in Moscow, Het Nieuwe Instituut in Netherlands). Besides, she worked as an assistant of certain thematic programs about the relationship between cinema and popular culture (fashion, television, the augmented reality and current commercials). The fifth and last member of the jury, the director Juan Barrero, pupil of maestros such as Frederick Wiseman, Víctor Erice, Peter Brook, Yoshi Oida, Joaquim Jordá or Victor Kossakovsky, is the author of the feature film La Jungla Interior (2013), selected in international festivals from all over the world and winner of the New Waves Section Best European Film Award at the SEFF. His works as a photographer, editor or producer have been chosen in festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Viennale and San Sebastián, among others.

Short Film Jury

In addition, another jury made up of Alberto Gracia –FIPRESCI Award at the IFFRotterdam with his debut as a filmmaker O quinto evanxeo de Gaspar Hauser– the filmmaker and doctor in Audiovisual Communication Elena López Riera and the musician and critic in Caimán Cuadernos de Cine magazine, and with a master in Film Criticism by the ECAM, Jonay Armas, will grant the Best Short Film Award, worth 2000 euros, among those works submitted as well to the official section.

Canarias Cinema Jury

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Finally, the third jury of the competition will assess the works submitted to the Canarias Cinema section, and will have to grant the Richard Leacock Best Feature Film Award and the Richard Leacock Best Short Film Award. Its members are Ana Pahissa, responsible for Múltiplos, an editorial distributor specialized in artists’ publications, the film teacher and filmmaker Luis Aller and the responsible for the film schedule of the International Centre for Contemporary Culture Tabakalera and member of the San Sebastian International Film Festival Selection Committee, Víctor Iriarte.

Seventeen musical documentaries, two night concerts and a conference about videoclips, 3rd MMF’s key ingredients

  • MMF proposes 17 titles including Janis: Little Girl Blue’s release in the Canary Islands, the Oscar nominee Amy (the girl behind the name) and The Amazing Nina Simone; and the premiere of Hasta el amanecer, about Ginés Cedrés’ figure
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Picture of the documentary The Amazing Nina Simone

  • The schedule of this section of the festival, devoted to the musical documentary, includes live concerts at the Santa Ana Square on Friday 11 and Saturday 12, March, with groups such as Mi Capitán, Texxcoco, Fajardo, Boreals, Banadú and El Guincho
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Picture of the presentation with Junior Melo, Víctor Ordoñez and Luis Miranda (from left to right)

  • MMF brings Marta Puig, Lyona, one of the most contrasted creative minds in the videoclip sector, to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, who will offer a conference about marketing strategies in contemporary music

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Friday, February 26, 2016. The Monopol Music Festival (MMF) reaches its third edition as part of the contents of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. This section of the competition will keep its autonomy and will begin with the screening of Mavis, on Saturday, March 5.

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, supported by Cerveza Dorada Especial, presents the Monopol Music Festival’s third edition as part of the contents of the festival, which assimilates it while respecting its autonomy.

Luis Miranda, director of the Festival, and Víctor Ordóñez, director of the MMF, explained at a press conference the objectives that led them to consolidate this bond existing since the first edition of the MMF, and the contents of the third MMF.

The initiative proposes a strong film-buff and musical celebration thanks to which, for ten days, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will benefit from the Festival’s schedule and from the fresh and avant-garde selection of documentaries related to the music of the MMF, as well as from outdoor concerts by local and national artists.

MMF will bring to the Monopol Multiplex’s screens seventeen works encouraging to explore different trends and aspects of the musical genre. Among the chosen titles, these are the ones that stand out the most: Janis: Little Girl Blue, by Amy Berg, an exhaustive examination of one of the most iconic rock singers, whose national release will be within the MMF’s framework; the Oscar nominee Amy (the girl behind the name), by Asif Kapadia, which shows the fragility of a great artist who has become a legend with only two official albums released; and The Amazing Nina Simone, by Jeff L. Lieberman, a work that sheds light on the outstanding artistic achievements of the artist.

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Amy’s film poster

The schedule is mostly made up of films already screened at prestigious film festivals. Thus Mr. Dynamite, a work that tells James Brown’s journey from rhythm and blues to funk, by Alex Gibney, was shown at the Tribeca, Sydney and Melbourne festivals, among others; the epic of Canadian Arcade Fire in The Reflektor Tapes, by Kahlil Joseph, was at Bergen and Río de Janeiro; the controversial Finding Fela (Fela Kuti), by Alex Gibney, was screened at Sundance, Montclair, Sydney and San Sebastián; Leonard Cohen: Bird in a Wire, by Tony Palmer, was selected by the In-Edit Festival; Mavis, a Jessica Edwards’ work about the star Mavis Staples, a 75-year-old voice who refuses to come down the stage, has also been in plenty of festivals, as well as Made in Japan, by Josh Bishop, containing Tomi Fujikawa’s story, the first Japanese star in the country genre; Orion: The Man who would be King, by Jeanie Finlay, which tells the adventures of a masked man called Jimmy Ellis, who sounds and dresses like Elvis Presley and was part of the Tribeca, Nashville, Sheffield, Tallgrass and In-Edit festivals’ selection.
There will be, throughout a week, at the Monopol Multiplex’s screens, some acclaimed documentaries about artists such as Chavela Vargas, in the film El ruiseñor y la noche. Chavela Vargas canta a Lorca, by Rubén Rojo Aura, and other pieces that move between punk and rock, with works such as The Punk Singer, by Sini Anderson, about one of the most important voices in the riot grrrl movement, Kathleen Hanna, singer of the punk band Bikini Kill; and A Band Called Death, by Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino, about a controversial band, the Death, that was born before the Ramones and the Sex Pistols.

As usual in the MMF, the regional scene will have an important spot, with the release of Ginés Cedrés’ Hasta el amanecer, singer and leader of Los Coquillos or “Pistol”, by Lanzarote-native director José María de Páiz, and that explores the busy life of the Gomera-native drummer of bands such as Familia Real, Ataúd Vacante, Brutalizzed Kids and 13 Motos.

MMF will pay homage to two such great icons of music, recently deceased, and who had legions of followers, as David Bowie (Five Years) or Ian Fraser, leader of Motorhead (Lemmy).

Noteworthy concerts 

After bands such as Polock, Los Labios, Solo Astra, Pumuky, Egon Soda, James&Black and Red Beard, among others, there is a high-quality proposal for the MMF2016 which stands out now, and maybe tomorrow, in the national and international musical scene. This year, an energetic mixture of rock, pop, electro and hip-hop music will fill Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Santa Ana Square. Mi Capitán, Texxcoco and Fajardo will play on Friday, March 11, and El Guincho, Boreals and Banadú will close down the festival on Saturday, March 12.

El Guincho is of Gran Canaria origin and is currently presenting its third album “HiperAsia” all around the world. They make use in their new piece of a sound concept that mixes samplers, rhythms of the world and a variety of global sounds within an eclectic production.

Mi Capitán, a Barcelona-native band that is currently presenting its first long-playing record “Drenad el Sena” and which was born from the friendship of musicians belonging to groups such as Love of Lesbian, Egon Soda or Standstill. It is composed by prestigious artists such as Ricky Falkner or Julián Saldarriaga, who are undoubtedly one of this 2016 national surprises.

Boreals is a Catalan-Canarian pop and electronic quartet who has performed recently in such important festivals as FIB, BBK or Primavera Sound.

Last but not least is the MMF’s inclusion of the current music being produced in our islands, supporting the best proposals of local and regional artists without harm to any style, with a range of concerts of Fajardo, Banadú and Texxcoco, this last one being the recent winner of the prestigious contest Capital Sonora.

360º: Audiovisual and music

If musical documentary cinema constitutes one of the key points of this MMF together with the musical festival, for this edition we provide the public with a conference in which spelling out the importance 360º figures have within the music industry, stressing the audiovisual sector and highlighting the video clip as the central axis of the marketing strategies in contemporary music. To do so, we will count on the presence of Marta Puig, commonly known as Lyona, one of the sector‘s most contrasted and rising creative minds, who has produced video clips for bands such as Love of Lesbian, Amaral, Sidonie, Zahara and Lori Meyers, among many others. It will be culminated with a round table including some of the most authoritative voices in the musical and audiovisual industries in the Canary Islands.

Additionally, the organization has kept some details about the schedule that will be unveiled during the following days through its online channels, such as its webpage (www.monopolmusicfestival.com) or the social networks (www.facebook.com/monopolmusicfestival y @monopolmusic).