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Argentinian director Fernando Salem presents Cómo funcionan casi todas las cosas in the Official Section

Cómo funcionan casi todas las cosas

Cómo funcionan casi todas las cosas

  • The competitive section presents as well the Polish-Irish coproduction 11 minutes, by veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski, and the screening of the first group of short films
11 minutes

11 minutes

A veteran and a new director in the Official section screened today Tuesday, March 8: the Polish Jerzy Skolimowsky and the Argentinian Fernando Salem. This last one comes to the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival to present its competing feature film to the Official Section, Cómo funcionan casi todas las cosas. The film, which has already won the Best Director and Best Screenplay Awards at the Mar del Plata Festival, is Salem’s first feature film. It will be screened at noon at the Monopol Multiplex’s 3rd screen. Besides, Salem will present it to the audience in the evening, at 8pm, at the same screen.

The Official Section will start the morning screenings, at 10am, with the Polish-Irish coproduction 11 minutes, a feature film of one of this edition’s veteran filmmakers, Jerzy Skolimowsky, who was also the 2011 Festival’s president of the official jury. Selected as well at the Venice, Toronto, London, Thessaloniki and Rotterdam festivals, 11 minutes tells the stories of different urbanites whose lives and romances interweave a certain day in Warsaw.

Competing Short Films

On Tuesday, March 8, starts as well the screening of the competing short films in the Official Section. The first group, with four out of the fourteen participants, will be screened at 8pm. The showing includes: Jay parmi les homes/Jay Amongst Men (Zeno Graton, France-Belgium, 2015, 28 min.), Figure (Katarzyna Gondek, Poland, Belgium, 2015, 9 min.), Paulina (Ricardo León, Peru, 2015, 20 min.) and Notre Dame des Hormones / Our Lady of Hormones (Bertrand Mandico, France, 2015, 30 min.).

The fourteen works presented to this edition are a panoramic view that shows the existence of a less-duration auteur cinema in which there are different and varied stories and ways of storytelling, told by filmmakers with a clear knowledge and intuition of the film medium.

Dead Slow Ahead, by Mauro Hercé, wins the Richard Leacock Best Feature Film Award of the 16th edition of the Festival

  • The short film El imperio de la luz, by Macu Machín, has won its category’s Richard Leacock Award
  • The feature film Evolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, and the short film Les poids des ailes, by Marine Discazeaux, both win their categories’ Honorable Mentions
  • The feature film Las manos, by Miguel G. Morales, and the feature film Viejo, by Christian Lage, have won the International Distribution Canary Islands Connections and Digital 104 Film Distribution Awards, respectively.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Monday, March 7, 2016. The “powerful singularity of its visual and sound universe, which doesn’t leave aside a moving human dimension” is the argument offered by the Canarias Cinema section’s jury to grant the Richard Leacock Best Feature Film Award of this Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 16th edition to the film Dead Slow Ahead, by Mauro Hercé (Spain, 2015, 74 min.). In addition, Luis Aller, Ana Pahissa and Víctor Iriarte, members of the Canarias Cinema jury, have granted the Richard Leacock Best Short Film Award to El imperio de la luz, by Macu Machín (Spain, 2016, 15 min.), “because of its personal portrayal of the artist Ubay Murillo and its ability to transform his creative universe into pictures.” That’s how two of the members of the jury, Ana Pahissa and Víctor Iriarte, have announced it at the press conference, accompanied by the director of the festival, Luis Miranda, as well as by Jonay García, from Digital 104, and Luis Renart, from the Canary Islands’ Consorcio de Exportación Audiovisual.

The jury has also granted two honorable mentions to the feature film Evolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France, Belgium, Spain, 2015, 81 min.), and to the short film Les poids des ailes, by Marine Discazeaux (Spain, 2015, 15 min.) in the feature film and short film categories, respectively. From Hadzihalilovic’s film they have highlighted that “it deals with issues of our current society from a science-fiction setting built upon a language of great plastic value”. From Les poids des ailes, the jury has stressed “her courage to share such a personal story and the creative use of editing.”

Finally, the jury of the International Distribution Canary Islands Connection Award, granted by the Canary Islands’ Consorcio de Exportación Audiovisual, has awarded the documentary feature film Las manos, by Miguel G. Morales (Spain, 2015, 61 min.). On the other hand, the producer Digital 104 has granted the Digital 104 Film Distribution Award to the short film submitted by Christian Lage, Viejo (Spain, 2015, 4 min.).

Hitchcock/Truffaut, by Kent Jones, in the Bande à part cycle, and Chimes at midnight, by Orson Welles, in Déjà vu, get us close to these three great filmmakers



• The Bande à part cycle approaches two essential auteurs with Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015), by film critic and filmmaker Kent Jones 

The 50th anniversary of the publication of the essential El cine según Hitchcock, by François Truffaut, allowed American film critic and filmmaker Kent Jones to invite directors such as Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich and Martin Scorsese, among others, to share their thoughts about the master of the suspense. The result is reflected in Hitchcock/Truffaut, screening on Monday, March 7, at 8:15pm, at the Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen. The film will be presented by teacher and film critic Antonio Weinrichter.

Campanadas a medianoche

Chimes at Midnight

• Last showing of “one of the three most beautiful stories ever told”: Chimes at midnight, by Orson Welles

The Déjà Vu section includes in its 2016 edition three films recently restored and whose common connection, as Luis Miranda, the director of the festival, points out, is that they are “three of the most beautiful stories ever told”. Zangiku Monogatari (1939), by Mizoguchi, Rocco and his brothers, by Visconti, and Chimes at midnight (1967), by Orson Welles. This last one, digital restored in 2012 by the Spanish Film Archive, is an ode to friendship, above other principles, interests or ambitions, designed by Welles -actor, screenwriter and director- based on several of Shakespeare’s works. It will be screened at 10pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen.

Panorama presents The Treasure and Right Now, Wrong Then, among the best of 2015

The Festival screens two of the essential titles of 2015 in the Panorama section, the film Right Now, Wrong Then, by Hong Sang-soo, awarded at Locarno and Gijón, and The Treasure, by Cornelio Porumboiu, Un certain régard Award at Cannes, best Romanian film at the Transylvania festival and best screenplay at El Cairo, among others.

Romanian filmmaker Cornelio Porumboiu, awarded at Cannes in 2015, presents to the audience one of the best titles of 2015, The Treasure 

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival welcomes today one of the basic directors of 2015, the Romanian Cornelio Porumboiu. He will be the one in charge of presenting to the audience The Treasure, Un certain régard Award at Cannes, at 8pm at the Monopol Multiplex’s 2nd screen. Apart from the French festival, the Karlovy Vary, Toronto, San Sebastián, New York and Viennale ones also selected the film. Essential. Its second showing, now without its director’s presence, will be on Thursday 10, at 10:15pm.

Last showing of Right Now, Wrong then, by Hong Sang-soo, Best Film Award at Locarno and Gijón

Another jewel of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 16th edition is included in the Panorama section. It is the South Korean film Right Now, Wrong Then, by Hong Sang-soo, a title that has obtained in 2015 the Best Film Award both at the Locarno and Gijón festivals, where the jury declared that “it represented the art of the humanist cinema.” The film talks about brief human relationships and tells the story of a cinema director and a she-painter. It is screening on Monday, March 7, at 10:10pm, at the Monopol’s 5th screen.

La familia chechena, by Martín Solá, and Kaili Blues, by Gan Bin, open the Official Section of the 16th edition of the Festival

The films La familia chechena, by Argentinian Martín Solá, and Kaili Blues, by Chinese Gan Bin, open today Monday, March 7, the screenings of the Official Section submitted to competition to the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 16th edition.

La familia chechena, Best Medium-length Film Award at Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), will be screened at 10am, at the Monopol Multiplex’s 3rd screen. It is the second title of a trilogy originated with Hamdan (2013) and in which Solá approaches the different resistences put up by the people suffering from a situation of domination. Palestine, Chechnya and, not-filmed-yet, Tibet, would make up the settings of these three films. In La familia chechena, religion, in particular the ritual dance Zikr performed by Chechen Sufi Muslims, works for the protagonist as an exorcism.

Thus begin the dozen films that make up the Official Section of this 16th edition, which will carry on at noon with the screening of the Chinese production Kaili Blues, Gan Bin’s first feature film, a director who has obtained with this title the awards at the Golden Horse Film Festival and at Locarno. Selected also at the Nantes, Vancouver and Stockholm festivals, the film tells the journey undertaken by a doctor in search of a relative, what will bring him to a little town where time is not linear and people’s lives complement each other.

The workshops of the Festival will hold a masterclass by Luis Aller and an assistant director’s workshop by Antton Zabala

Luis Aller

Luis Aller

The workshops of the Festival carry on this week their schedule with a masterclass in charge of the teacher and director Luis Aller and a workshop about directing taught by Antton Zabala, one of the industry’s most prestigious professionals in Spain.

On Monday, March 7, from 11am to 12:30pm, at the Monopol Multiplex will take place Luis Aller’s masterclass “Apuntes del cinematógrado”, an activity scheduled within the Workshops of the Festival and offered by the teacher, director of Transeúntes and member of this Canarias Cinema edition’s jury.

Luis Aller, teacher at the Barcelona Bande à Part Film School, will focus his explanation on the importance of compositions, angles and camera movements. To do so, he will employ some classics such as October, by Sergei M. Eisenstein; Intolerance, by D.W. Griffith; Le crime de Monsieur Lange, by Jean Renoir; Angel, by Ernst Lubitsch; Written on the Wind and Imitation of Life, both by Douglas Sirk; and the recent one Manhattan, by Woody Allen, among others. The entrance is free, provided a previous inscription on the email:

Besides, during Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 mornings, March, from 4 to 8:30pm, at the Rodríguez Quegles Palacete, the students taking part in Antton Zabala’s workshop -directed to filmmakers, short film producers and assistant directors- will approach the role of the assistant director, one of the key figures in a film’s shooting.

Antton Zabala has worked as an assistant director in films such as Cachito (1996), Los amantes del Círculo Polar (1998), AzulOscuroCasiNegro (2006), Gordos (2009), Que se mueran los feos (2010) and Primos (2011), among others.


Luis Aller presents Transeúntes in the Panorama Spain section

• María Galiana, Sergi López and Santiago Ramos, among the characters who give life to Transeúntes, by Luis Aller. The director will present his film, FIPRESCI Award at the Seville European Film Festival

Transeúntes, de Luis Aller

Transeúntes, by Luis Aller

After two decades of shooting, Luis Aller presents a film born from a meticulous conception and editing work, with more than six thousand shots, filmed in several formats, and with hundreds of characters who run into each other and get lost within the chaos of the city of Barcelona, featuring María Galiana, Sergi López and Santiago Ramos, among other actors and actresses. The director Luis Aller, who also takes part in the Festival as a member of the Canarias Cinema jury, will present on Sunday, March 6, at 9pm, his feature film Transeúntes, included in the Panorama Spain section, coordinated by the teacher and Locarno programmer Gonzalo de Pedro. The film will be screened together with the short film Una cancioncilla universal, by Daniel Cuberta.

Neo-Western at the Rodríguez Quegles’ courtyard

El ardor, filme producido y protagonizado por Gael García Bernal

According to the writer and film critic Jesús Palacios, coordinator as well of the cycle, “the Western is both a historical/geographical ─broadly speaking, that of the 19th century American Frontier─ and mental space ─that of the archetypes, mythologies and ethics derived from the cinematographic praxis─” so, therefore, it is not unusual to find this genre in other settings as, for instance, the tropical jungle. It is the case of El ardora film produced and starred by Gael García Bernal, whose first screening will be outdoors at the Rodríguez Quegles Palacete. It will be on Sunday, March 6, at 8pm (free admission). The film, which has been at the Cannes, Montreal, Sitges, Morelia, Tallinn and Huelva festivals, tells the story of a stranger who comes out of the Argentinian jungle in order to help a poor farmer and his daughter, threatened by a group of mercenaries.

Canarias Cinema presents the competing feature films Dead Slow Ahead and Around Them


The 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival carries on today Saturday, March 5, with the screenings of two other competing feature films of the Canarias Cinema section, Dead Slow Ahead (Mauro Hercé, Spain, 2015) and Around Them (Rubén Señor Cruz, Spain, 2015). José Ángel Alayón, co-producer of the first title, and director Rubén Señor Cruz will present their respective works at the Pérez Galdós Theater’s press room today, Saturday, March 5, at 1pm.

The first morning showing (10am) will be Dead Slow Ahead, director Mauro Hercé’s debut. Selected at the Locarno, Vancouver, DocLisboa, Mar de Plata, Sevilla and Gijón festivals, the film explores the last gestures of the old sailors’ craft, disappearing under the mechanical and impersonal pulses of the 21st century.

The second Canarian competing film, Around Them (noon) is also the first work of its director, Rubén Señor Cruz. It focuses on the feminine universe from the point of view of fifteen women from fifteen different countries giving their respective opinions about love, religion, pride of belonging to their country and the situation of women in the place where they live. The film was selected at the Zaragoza Festival, too.

Los directores de la sesión Cortometrajes 1 de Canarias Cinema

The directors of Canarias Cinema’s Cortometrajes 1

In the afternoon, the festival will hold the first screening of Cortometrajes 1, a part of Canarias Cinema, a section sponsored by Televisión Canaria and Canarias Cultura en Red, with the titles submitted to the competition El barbero (Francesca Phillips, Spain, 2015, 27 min.), Juana (Miguel G. Morales and Silvia Navarro, Spain, 2016, 7 min.), Ave feliz (Víctor Moreno, Spain, 2015, 5 min.), El retrato de Antonio (Cayetana H. Cuyás, Spain, 2016, 6 min.), Agujero (Amaury Santana, Spain, 2015, 2 min.) and Les poids des ailes (Marine Discazeaux, Spain, 2016, 15 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.

Release in the Canary Islands of Félix Sabroso’s last film: El tiempo de los monstruos

El tiempo de los monstruos, de Félix Sabroso

El tiempo de los monstruos, by Félix Sabroso

The Spanish film screening on Saturday (March 5), the second day of the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, will come with El tiempo de los monstruos’ special showing. The festival will hold, at 8pm, the release in the Canary Islands of Gran-Canaria-native Felix Sabroso’s last film, whose teaser, including some minutes of rehearsals, he already presented for the first time at the last-year Festival. The shooting of the film, screened last November at the Seville European Film Festival, began a little while after the death of Sabroso’s professional partner, Dunia Ayaso, who was originally in charge of its direction. Sabroso himself, author of the screenplay, and the actress Pilar Castro will present to the audience the film that, in the morning, at 11:30am, they will have presented to the mass media at the Pérez Galdós Theater.

Featuring a distinguished cast including Javier Cámara, Carmen Machi, Pilar Castro, Candela Peña, Secun de la Rosa, Julián López, Yaël Barnatán, Jorge Monje, and Antonia San Juan’s special collaboration, the film tells the story of a director lacking both success and films released who gathers his main collaborators around his deathbed. The rehearsals and their intense cohabitation will create situations halfway between the drama, the comedy or the thriller.

Félix Sabroso and Dunia Ayaso filmed together seven feature films among which Perdona bonita pero Lucas me quería a mí (1997) and La isla interior (2009) stand out.