Tenerife-native director Omar A. Razzak closes the Official Section with the world premiere of the Spanish feature film La tempestad calmada

La tempestad calmada, de Omar A. Razzak

La tempestad calmada, by Omar A. Razzak

  • The French-Georgian coproduction, Chant d’Hiver, by filmmaker Otar Iosseliani, is the second competing film of the day
  • All the Official Section’s short films, in a single morning showing
Chant d' hiver, del veterano cineasta Otar Iosseliani

Chant d’ hiver, by veteran filmmaker Otar Iosseliani

Tenerife-native director Omar A. Razzak closes tomorrow Saturday, March 12, the 16th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s Official Section with the only Spanish competing film, La tempestad calmada (Spain, 2016, 73 min.). The feature, whose world premiere will be at the festival, is its author’s second film; the first one, the documentary Paradiso (2014) won the Rizoma Award and was also screened at the SEMINCI and at the Brooklyn Film Festival. La tempestad calmada was shot at the Italian island of Ponza, whose territory harbored a prison, and with its inhabitants’ participation. Its screening will be at 12.15pm. After it, its director will give a press conference at the Pérez Galdós Theater and, in the evening, at 8pm, will present it to the audience at the Monopol Multiplex.

The first film of the day will be the roguish French-Georgian comedy Chantd’hiver, by veteran Otar Iosseliani, a title that won the Special Jury Award at the Lisboa&Estoril Film Festival and was selected by the Locarno and Pusan ones, among others. Iosseliani (Georgia, 1934) has won during his long career awards like the Best Director in Berlin for Lundi Matin (2002), the Moscu Festival’s Andréi Tarkovsky Award for La chasee aux papillons (1992) or the Special Jury Award in Mar del Plata for Chantapras (2010).

• Screening of the Official Section’s fourteen competing short films in a single morning showing

Both the short-film fans and those who could not enjoy the selected ones in 2016 Official Section have again the chance of watching them in a single showing on Saturday, March 12, at 10am, at the Monopol Multiplex’s 4th screen. The showing will include the following films: Jay parmi les hommes / Jay Amongst Men (Zeno Graton, France-Belgium, 2015, 28 min.), Figura / Figure  (Katarzyna Gondek, Poland, Belgium, 2015, 9 min.), Paulina (Ricardo León, Peru, 2015, 20 min.), Notre Dame des Hormones / Our Lady of Hormones (Bertrand Mandico, France, 2015, 30 min.), Nagori-Gaki (Japan, 2015, 15 min.), Dear Director (Marcus Lindeen, Sweden, 2015, 14 min.), Rate Me (Fyzal Boulifa, UK, 2015, 17 min.), Freud und Friends (Gabriel Abrantes, Portugal, 2015, 23 min.), Yúyú (Marc Johnson, USA, France, 2015, 15 min.), 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.).