Lanzarote kicks off its ninth Muestra Internacional de Cine today
- Between 22 and 30 November, audiences on the fascinating Canary island will be able to enjoy 25 cutting-edge films that redesign the usual cinematic templates, spread across five sections
Following last night’s opening ceremony, where an Honorary Award was presented to German poster designers Margrit and Peter Sickert (who have worked with filmmakers of the likes of Godard, Wenders and Fassbinder, among many other greats) – because their profession “is a job that requires great sensitivity in order to understand the essence of a film deep down and convert it into one single image”, according to Javier Fuentes, the director of the gathering – the ninth edition of Lanzarote’s Muestra Internacional de Cine has now officially kicked off and is set to unspool until 30 November. Within its five sections (Official; Trasfoco: Salt; Crossroads: Canarian Filmmakers; Still. Any Past Time; and Maguas, a new addition for this year), audiences will be able to watch 25 movies hailing from all over the globe. The main objective of this festival is to increase the visibility of cutting-edge films that redesign the usual cinematic templates, encouraging debate among viewers and forming a bond between contemporary culture, the local environment, its inhabitants, its landscape and its history.
In its Official Section, seven features will be going head to head for the €2,000 prize handed out by the main jury – made up of Beatrice Fiorentino, a member of the selection committee for the Venice International Film Critics’ Week; David Varela, the co-director and programmer of DocumentaMadrid; and Felipe de la Hoz, a film critic and highly respected cultural affairs director on Lanzarote – and the youth jury. Said films are Movements of a Nearby Mountain [+see also:
interview: Sebastian Brameshuber
film profile] (Austria/France) by Sebastian Brameshuber, Present.Perfect (USA/Hong Kong) by Shengze Zhu, MS Slavic 7 (Canada) by Sofia Bohdanowicz, Blow It to Bits [+see also:
film profile] (France) by Lech Kowalski, Bird Island [+see also:
interview: Maya Kosa and Sérgio da Costa
film profile] (Switzerland) by Sérgio Da Costa and Maya Kosa, Endless Night [+see also:
interview: Eloy Enciso
film profile] (Spain) by Galician helmer Eloy Enciso, and Heimat Is a Space in Time [+see also:
film profile] (Germany/Austria) by Thomas Heise.
The Trasfoco section, dedicated to exploring key iconic aspects of Lanzarote, and which last year featured volcanoes as its common thread, will revolve around salt at this edition. Eleven documentary and fiction films will be screened, from various countries and from different eras, and in one way or another, this crystalline material plays a fundamental role in them all. For example, the 2013 Swiss production My Name Is Salt [+see also:
film profile], helmed by Farida Pacha, will get an airing, as will the Canarian short films El Mar Inmóvil by Macu Machín and No merece morir by Julián Martín, which were in fact shown during last night’s opening ceremony. The section is rounded off by various activities, conferences and guided tours around some of Lanzarote’s main salt mines.
In addition, various towns and municipalities on the Canary island, such as Tìas, Yaiza, San Bartolomé, Teguise, Haría and Tinajo, will play host to the Still. Any Past Time section, curated by sociologist and filmmaker Dailo Barco in conjunction with visual artist Nicolás Laiz Placeres. It is made up of a selection of recordings from the island that explore the local culture, society, history and economy.
Much like previous editions of the Muestra, the event will also stand up for Canarian cinema, with the screening of five short films produced this year and a subsequent debate, within the Crossroads: Canarian Filmmakers section. The films included here are Tariq by Ersin Cilesiz, Juan Brito: Tamia by Alfonso Palazón Meseguer, Selfie by Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Historia de la historia by Cayetana H Cuyás and Pillimpo by Rafael Montezuma.
Finally, in Maguas, the organisers will salvage a number of features that they had hoped to incorporate into the programme of the Muestra, on account of their quality and interesting subject matter, but which, for various different reasons, weren’t able to be included, as was the case with Clément Cogitore’s Braguino (2017).
Please click here for more information on all of the Muestra’s sections and activities.
(Translated from Spanish)
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