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The Image You Missed voted Best Film on Lanzarote

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- The jury deliberated openly in front of the audience as it reasoned why Donal Foreman’s film deserved the top prize at the eighth edition of the island’s film festival, the Muestra de Cine

The Image You Missed voted Best Film on Lanzarote
(l-r) Jury members Alejandro Krawietz, Francesco Clerici and Vanesa Fernández Guerra deliberating on their verdict in front of the festival audience

The organisers of the Lanzarote Muestra de Cine (a film festival held on the beautiful Canary island of Lanzarote between 22 November and 1 December 2018) want the seventh art to become a collective and thought-provoking experience. For that reason, last Saturday, its jury – made up of Vanesa Fernández Guerra (the director of ZINEBI, the Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival), Italian filmmaker Francesco Clerici (Hand Gestures [+see also:
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) and Alejandro Krawietz (the director of the MiradasDoc International Documentary Film Festival and Market, on Tenerife) – deliberated openly for more than an hour, in front of the audience, as it reasoned why Donal Foreman’s The Image You Missed [+see also:
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 deserved the Award for Best Film (accompanied by €2,500) at the eighth edition of the gathering.

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According to the festival, which kicked off with a screening of the Werner Herzog documentary Into the Inferno [+see also:
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 in the breathtaking natural surroundings of the Cueva de los Verdes, “The Image You Missed – a movie co-produced by France, Ireland and the United States – is a compilation of images recorded by Arthur MacCaig, a young US man of Irish descent who ended up becoming a documentary maker for the IRA in the 1970s. Donal Foreman puts together all of this material, which paints a portrait of some of the most violent conflicts of the latter half of the 20th century, and thus creates an intimate and thought-provoking film about a father’s longing, the role of the family, desire and political commitment.”

The jury also handed a Special Mention to The Wolf House, a Chilean stop-motion animation film helmed by Joaquín Cociña and Cristóbal León, while the Numax Award was bestowed upon Still Recording [+see also:
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(Syria/Lebanon/France/Germany/Qatar) by Ghiath Ayoub and Saeed Al Batal, a prize intended to facilitate its release in Galician theatres.

The competitive Official Section of the festival, which this year was dedicated to the theme of volcanoes, was rounded off by Austria’s by Johann LurfTrot [+see also:
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(Spain/Lithuania) by Galicia’s Xacio Baño and the French title M [+see also:
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by Yolande Zauberman. There was also an out-of-competition screening of The Hidden City [+see also:
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 (Spain/France), a sensorial documentary by Canary Islander Víctor Moreno, which won the Best Cinematography Award at the most recent edition of the Seville European Film Festival (see the news).

(Translated from Spanish)

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