Television Broadcasts

Holidays

Jueves, 26/11 · 24:00 · Televisión Canaria

Slimane

Jueves, 03/12 · 24:00 · El Almacén

The Holy Innocents

Domingo, 06/12 · Por definir · Biosfera Televisión

Searching for Oscar

Jueves, 10/12 · 24:00 · Televisión Canaria

Archipiélago fantasma

Jueves, 17/12 · 24:00 · Televisión Canaria

Sub Terrae

Jueves, 17/12 · 24:00 · Televisión Canaria

Malpaís

Jueves, 17/12 · 24:00 · Televisión Canaria

El mar inmóvil

Jueves, 17/12 · 24:00 · Televisión Canaria

Something unprecedented in the history of humankind took place in the months of February and March this year: in an almost coordinated fashion, countries all around the world started to enforce measures aimed at restricting people’s mobility. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of collective events: concerts, theatrical performances and lectures were cancelled while travelling was limited to essential reasons.

In the context of film festivals, a development took place that little by little became more widespread. The closure of the first events led to the cancellation of all festivals, big and small, or their displacement to virtual platforms. If, traditionally, festivals have been places for meeting and exchange, all of a sudden everybody was locked down at home, watching online projections.

This concern in relation to an essentially collective experience forced us to reflect about what we should do. Our reluctance to digitalise the Muestra made us recall that it was precisely thanks to television than many of us could have an analytic experience of cinema beyond mere entertainment. Then, why not engage with one or several TV channels to bring films we believe to be important to a wider audience? Is it not true that television still upholds that experience we had during childhood of seeing the same thing together yet separately? Who does not remember going to school on Monday morning dying to talk about the film we had seen the night before?

Those reflections, and the determination to make the films screened at Muestra available to people on all the islands as a way of celebrating our tenth anniversary, prompted entirely new collaborations: regionally with Televisión Canaria, and locally with Biosfera Televisión, with the goal of offering the audience of the Canary Islands a range of films that are important to us together with elements to analyse them in depth.

In the case of the regional public television, the collaboration consists of the presentation of three sessions of feature films and a final session made up by four short films made in the Canaries over the last decade, all of them preceded by a presentation on behalf of the Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote.

The collaboration with Biosfera Televisión will consist of the projection of a feature film that defined an important period in the history of Spanish cinema: Los santos inocentes (The Holy Innocents) by Mario Camus. The film will be followed by a debate with people related to the Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote.

We are very excited about the prospect of extending the Muestra’s idea of cinema to a wider audience. And it is with that same excitement that we enter these collaborations hoping that they will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.