Twelve feature films and fourteen short films make up the official competitive section of the 16th Film Festival


 The usual sections Panorama, Panorama Spain, Bande à part and Canarias Cinema will take the screens of the Monopol next Friday, March 4, from 10am on. The opening gala, which will include the screening of Playing Lecuona, will begin at 9 pm at the Pérez Galdós Theater

 On Monday, March 7, the official competition will begin at 10am at the Monopol Multiplex

 The Festival releases in the Archipelago Félix Sabroso’s last film, El tiempo de los monstruos, with the presence of its director and one of its protagonists, Pilar Castro.

 The Festival recovers private sponsorship thanks to the Cajamar Canarias Foundation


Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Thursday, February 25, 2016. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival will open its sixteenth edition with the screening of Playing Lecuona, within the framework of the opening gala that will take place next Friday, March 4, at 9pm, at the Pérez Galdós Theater. Before that, screenings will begin at 10am at the Monopol Multiplex, the screenings of an edition that saves the first weekend for the competitive section Canarias Cinema, and the other non-competitive ones such as Panorama, Panorama Spain, Bande à part, The Magic Lantern, the Neo-Western: The New Frontier, and the release, in Canarias, of El tiempo de los monstruos, director Félix Sabroso’s last work.

The councilwoman for Culture of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s City Council, Encarga Galván, and the Film Festival’s director, Luis Miranda, accompanied by the Culture’s director general of the Canary Government, Aurora Moreno Santana, the Economic Development, Energy and I+D+i area’s councilman from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Raúl García Brink, together with the president of the Cajamar Canarias Foundation Juan Salvador Cerdeña Martín, organization that confirms the recovery of external support to the Festival, becoming the official sponsor of the competition, attended the presentation of the 16th Festival’s schedule.

From March 4 to 13, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will hold its annual reunion with the cinema, a reunion that adds, in 2016, the Pérez Galdós Theater as its seat for the opening gala, chaired by Elio Quiroga. It will include a special performance by Michel Camilo, and it will also release for the Festival`s audience the film Playing Lecuona, by Pavel Giroud and JuanMa Villar, next Friday, March 4, at 9pm,. A title that will bring to the capital of Gran Canaria the musician Michel Camilo, who will offer a concert in Trio on Saturday, March 5, at 9 pm, at the Pérez Galdós Theater. The tickets for attending this concert are already for sale at the Theater’s box office, their prices ranging from 35 euros at the orchestra, 25 euros at the mezzanine, 15 euros at the balcony, to 5 euros at the areas of restricted visibility.

The same Saturday, March 5, another Spanish film will be release in the Archipelago, El tiempo de los monstruos, Félix Sabroso’s first individual work, whose teaser was shown in the last edition of the festival, and which, after going to the Seville European Festival, brings the Gran-Canaria-native director back to his city accompanied by the actress Pilar Castro.

The first weekend’s schedule saves certain prominence to the Canarian section of the Festival, being this one the only competitive section scheduled for March 4, 5 and 6. Nevertheless, it will not be the only thing the audience will be able to enjoy during these three days, since a mosaic of titles belonging to the Panorama section will be seeing upon the screenings of the Monopol Multiplex, including jewels shown at other festivals, especially those works of directors who make up a group of filmmakers, comparable to the canon already established some years ago, such as Miguel Gomes, Jia Zhangke, Alexey German Jr., Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Hong Sang-soo, Tsai Ming-liang and Manoel de Oliveira’s posthumous work, among others; Panorama Spain, which examines the evolution of a group of filmmakers through nine years, since the moment in which the Festival presented the cycle D-generaciones, and which leaves you with the impression, or at least the evidence, that other courses are possible; The Magic Lantern, a section, thought for the little and young film buffs, that will have this year the collaboration of the Animayo Festival; Bande à Part, a radical and rule-breaking section that fishes in works and essays that could be labeled as Art cinema; the Neo-Western cycle, which returns to the genre from disparate settings and situations; the Déjà Vu section, which pays tribute to the work of the defunct Chantal Akerman and revives three essential titles such as Chimes at Midnight, by Orson Welles, The Hunger, by Tony Scott, with a vampire-like David Bowie, and Zangiku Monogatari, by Kenji Mizoguchi; and the special session’s screening of a piece that documents Richard Leacock’s first steps into the cinema, Ricky on Leacock, by Jane Weiner.

March 7-13. Official Section

The international competition will begin on Monday, March 7 with a dozen films that offer a diverse landscape where veteran authors, who keep on exploring new territories, live together with the works of the young ones that take the risk as a rule. 11 Minutes, by Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland, Ireland 2015); Aloys, by Tobias Nölle (Switzerland, France, 2016); Behemoth, by Zhao Liang (China, France, 2015); Chant D’hiver, by Otar Iosseliani (France, Georgia, 2015); Como funcionan casi todas las cosas, by Fernando Salem (Argentina, 2015); Kaili Blues, by Gan Bin (China, 2015); La familia Chechena, by Martín Solá (Argentina, 2015); La tempestad calmada, by Omar A. Razzak (Spain, 2016); Looking for Grace, by Sue Brooks (Australia, 2015); Office, by Johnnie To (Hong Kong, China, 2015); Posto-Avançado do Progreso, by Hugo Vieira Da Silva (Portugal, 2015); and Three Stories of Love, by Ryosuke Hashiguchi (Japan, 2015), are the films fighting for the Golden Lady Harimaguada Cajamar Foundation.

The Best Short Film Award will be fought for by 14 works that show the existence of a brief cinema, auteur, too, where very different stories and ways of storytelling merge: 3 Year 3 Month Retreat, by Dechen Roder (Bhutan, 2015); 9 Days – From my Window in Aleppo, by Thomas Vroege y Floor van der Meulen (Syria, Netherlands, 2015); Dear Director, by Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, 2015); Figura, by Katarzyna Gondek (Poland, Belgium, 2015); Freud und Friends, by Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal, 2015); Jay parmi les hommes, by Zeno Graton (Belgium-France, 2015); Los barcos, by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile, Portugal, 2015); Notre Dame des Hormones, by Bertarand Mandico (France, 2015); Paulina, by Ricardo León (Peru, 2015); Personne, by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller (Germany, 2016); Rate Me, by Fyzal Boulifa (United Kingdom, 2015); The Lasting Persimmon, by Kei Chikaura (Japan, 2015); Tout le monde aime le bord de la mer, by Keina Espiñeira (Spain, 2016); and Yuyu, by Marc Johnson (USA, France, 2015).