10th Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote (2020)

Official Section

An Unusual Summer

Miércoles, 02/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Night Shot

Miércoles, 02/12 · 21:15 · El Almacén

My Mexican Bretzel

Jueves, 03/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Las razones del lobo

Jueves, 03/12 · 21:15 · El Almacén

Purple Sea

Viernes, 04/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

We look forward to the day when we don’t need to underscore it. In a few years, let’s hope not too many, we won’t even pay any special attention to it. Perhaps it will even go unnoticed. That would mean that the policies of recent decades would have had an effect and a new milestone would have been conquered in the fight for equal rights. However, today it is still something to celebrate: in this tenth edition of the Muestra, four of the five films screened in the Official Section are directed by women.

So, this year there are more women than men competing for the prize, something that had not happened before in our ten years. And the merit is not ours: we only noticed it after the fact, when we were contacting the directors of the films that the selection committee had chosen without valuing any criteria other than their quality. The merit, then, belongs first and foremost to the directors themselves for the extraordinary movies they have made. Secondly, and so we hope, the effect in the mid-term of a change of cycle in cinema, culture at large and the world. A reason to celebrate in these tough times we are going through.

Like in all its previous events, for this section the Muestra has chosen the features films it considers the most outstanding of the year. The five films have been selected among hundreds. All five are underwritten by highly sensitive takes on compelling issues, and all five force us to look at the world with new eyes. And not just with new eyes, because they also give rise to new reflections from new viewpoints and with new and more refined ways of feeling.

Naturally, the focus of each one is different, and so too is the subject matter addressed. In some cases, one can discern a feel-good, comedy-like tone; in others we perceive a nostalgia for times long-gone, familiar times intertwined with historical time. But in all of them we can invariably trace two substantial matters: an interest in disarticulating the image before composing it again beyond prevailing rationales, and a keen awareness that violence, injustice, abuse and conflict are still part of a world that has many things to put in order. And they have more things in common, among which one in particularly stands out: the five films engage in a singular relationship with the spectators, a distance and a closeness that assign them a place and allot them freedom. Contrary to platform movies—increasingly more repetitive, simplified, more and more algorithmic and narcissistic—these films defend a place for what is truly important, in other words, for those things that leave a trace behind them.

Trasfoco: And Life Goes On

The Grapes of Wrath

Viernes, 27/11 · 19:30 · El Almacén

Children of the Beehive

Viernes, 27/11 · 22:15 · El Almacén

Songs for After a War

Sábado, 28/11 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Black Rain

Sábado, 28/11 · 21:15 · El Almacén

Judgement At Nuremberg

Domingo, 29/11 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Cyclone

Lunes, 30/11 · 19:00 · El Almacén

The Answer

Lunes, 30/11 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Three Weeks After

Lunes, 30/11 · 21:15 · El Almacén

The Pageant

Viernes, 04/12 · 21:15 · El Almacén

Y la vida continúa

Saturday, 05/12 · 22:00 · El Almacén

For this tenth event, held in the middle of the worst health crisis affecting humankind in the last hundred years, we could say that the theme for the year’s Trasfoco section has chosen us and not the other way round. Dealing with what’s going on as a local and, at once, global issue was virtually forced upon us, profoundly conditioned by the health disaster and the social and financial crisis it brings with it, which intertwines the human communities of Lanzarote with the rest of the globe.

The title for this year, Y la vida continua (And Life Goes On), is borrowed from one of the most interesting and moving films made in recent decades by the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. In it, a father and son cross Iran in a small Renault 5 just a few days after the 1991 earthquake. The goal of the journey is to find some friends who may have been affected by it. On the road they meet people who have lost their loved ones, cross through devastated areas and rest in places already starting their reconstruction. But above all else, what they find are human groups trying to rebuild their lives and move on, with great effort, pain, rage and hope.

It was the spirit of that film that encouraged us to find many long features and a short film in which disasters of all kinds made an impact on people’s lives. How is life possible after a hurricane, a big financial downturn, a genocide or mass slaughter like Hiroshima? How do people manage to reorganise their everyday lives, move on and reinvent themselves? That is the core of the films in this year’s Trasfoco section, whose leitmotiv is precisely And Life Goes On…

It is neither a declaration of intent nor an exercise in voluntarism. Life always goes on, sometimes thanks to solidarity and mutual support, other times to the courage and endeavours of many, or of a few, and sometimes thanks to the State or to social collectives organised from bottom up. But there are also occasions—and we must never forget it—when communities are unable to defend and promote the goals they deem as just and fair. Then, disaster takes root and lingers in them as its sole legacy. This year, Trasfoco screens films exploring both paths: of hope and of resignation. Let us hope that they help us to throw light, even if only partially, on our own crossroads.

Cruce de caminos: Filmmakers from the Canaries

Los paraísos de Narciso

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Apache

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Offscreen

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Sałatka

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Un río en invierno

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

The Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote opened for the first time in 2010 with the screening in Cueva de los Verdes of a film made in the Canaries. Since then, the festival has always shown a special interest in films produced in the islands. This year, thanks to the invaluable advice of Clúster Audiovisual de Canarias, we decided to make this section competitive. It aspires to offer support to the work carried out by our local filmmakers and, by including these productions in a special section evaluated by the event’s international jury, we hope to further boost their visibility and trajectories.

Maguas

The Fragile House

Martes, 01/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

You are probably wondering why a whole section of Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote is devoted exclusively to a single film for the second year running. Well, the reason is the great interest it aroused in our selection committee when we initially wanted to programme it, and also for the great difficulties we came across when trying to get our hands on it, due to its retention in China.

In the Canary Islands, magua is a word to describe the regret one feels after failing to do something that would have been good or positive. Guided by that sense of regret, we created this section with the idea of screening films we thought should have been included in our Official Section in previous years, but which we failed to get for differing reasons. Sometimes, as in this case, due to a governmental ban, and other times due to the peculiar competitiveness that has inexplicably taken over independent cinema worldwide.

Nowadays, many festivals ask for the films they are going to programme to be premieres. That automatically means that it is impossible for other festivals to screen them. In our view, this modus operandi is not suited to this type of cinema; we would even say that it is clearly detrimental. It is a rationale based on a hierarchy among festivals, which is to say, on inequality. A dog-eat-dog situation that ultimately condemns many films to wait patiently until a “big” festival welcomes it—or not—and therefore many spectators never get a chance to see it.

With its Maguas section the Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote wishes to raise awareness about the danger to the serious and rigorous cinema we defend, already under many other threats. That is the reason for our decision, in 2019, to introduce this section, conceived to show films we did not manage to show in previous events and that in all likelihood would otherwise never be seen in Lanzarote.

Prestige, as we understand it, should never be grounded on exclusiveness, but, on the contrary, on inclusion, openness, participation and collaboration. The disjunction is all too clear: we must choose whether we want a model that brings this type of cinema to the largest possible number of spectators or to limit it to a group of privileged individuals.

Maguas was born to provide room for films that are now obsolete in the current situation, which is to say, films that have outlasted the two short years allotted to them by the festival circuit. Our goal is to reaffirm that, if they were necessary when we chose them the first time, they continue being so two or three years later, when they are no longer a novelty but are clearly still alive.

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.

Complete programme

Holidays

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

The Grapes of Wrath

Viernes, 27/11 · 19:30 · El Almacén

Children of the Beehive

Viernes, 27/11 · 22:15 · El Almacén

Songs for After a War

Sábado, 28/11 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Black Rain

Sábado, 28/11 · 21:15 · El Almacén

Judgement At Nuremberg

Domingo, 29/11 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Cyclone

Lunes, 30/11 · 19:00 · El Almacén

The Answer

Lunes, 30/11 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Three Weeks After

Lunes, 30/11 · 21:15 · El Almacén

The Fragile House

Martes, 01/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Los paraísos de Narciso

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Apache

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Offscreen

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Sałatka

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

Un río en invierno

Martes, 01/12 · 21:30 · El Almacén

An Unusual Summer

Miércoles, 02/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Night Shot

Miércoles, 02/12 · 21:15 · El Almacén

My Mexican Bretzel

Jueves, 03/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

Las razones del lobo

Jueves, 03/12 · 21:15 · El Almacén

Slimane

Jueves, 03/12 · 24:00 · El Almacén

Purple Sea

Viernes, 04/12 · 19:00 · El Almacén

The Pageant

Viernes, 04/12 · 21:15 · El Almacén

Y la vida continúa

Saturday, 05/12 · 22:00 · 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