- The competitive section also presents the third and last group of short films
The 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival presents in its Official Section the Australian film Looking for Grace, by Sue Brooks (2015, 100 min.) and the French-Chinese coproduction Behemoth (2015, 98 min.) tomorrow Thursday, March 10.
Brooks’ film, selected at the Venice, Toronto and Chicago festivals, among others, focuses its story on the parents’ search for a teenager who has gotten away from home, as well as on the relationship between them. Brooks has been awarded, among others, the Australian Film Institute Best Film and Best Director for his feature Japanese Story. The film will be screened at 10am, and the first public showing will be the same Thursday, March 10, at 8pm.
The second competing title of the day is Behemoth, a film that speaks about the job of certain workers in some iron mines, and which has also been at several international festivals, such as Venice, Stockholm or Amsterdam. Its director, Zhao Liang, has been granted various awards for his documentary Petition (2009), including the Cannes Golden Camera, the Bratislava Best Documentary and the Human Rights Honorable Mention at the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival.
Competing Short Films
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 10, will also carry on the screening of the Official Section’s competing short films, a part that relies on Jameson’s support. The third group, including the last five titles out of the fourteen competing ones, will be screened at 8pm. The showing includes 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo (Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen, Syria, Netherlands, 2015, 13 min.), The Boats (Dominga Sotomayor, Chile, Portugal, 2015, 20 min.), Personne (Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller, Germany, 2016, 15 min.), Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer (Keina Espiñeira, Spain, 2016, 18 min.) and Lo Sum Choe Sum / 3 Days 3 Month Retreat (Dechen Roder, Bhutan, 2015, 16 min.).
The second and last showing of the Official Section’s fourteen competing short films will be on Saturday morning, March 12, at 10am.