Feature Film Official Section

Like every year, seven featurelength films are screened in Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote’s Official Section, six of them in competition for the various prizes up for grabs. Not yet on general release in Spain, the seven films were selected throughout the year by our programming committee from among hundreds of works. As such, this section can be seen as the backbone of the Muestra, showcasing the films we regarded as the most interesting. Furthermore, in many cases, the Official Section also gives us a chance to watch and discuss the films together with their directors, who visit Lanzarote for the event. Screened at this year’s Official Section, though out of competition, will be The Hidden City (La ciudad oculta), a work by the Muestra’s former director Víctor Moreno. We believed that the director’s connection with the festival could produce a conflict of interests and so we decided to leave it outside the competition. The other six films selected were produced in such farflung places as USA, Chile, Austria, Syria, Spain and Israel. All of them explore pressing issues of concern today, ranging from the conflicts underlying family relationships to the moral corruption of certain social and religious organisations, or war as the utmost expression of human horror and insanity.

The Hidden City

Sunday, 25/11/2018. El Almacén

The Wolf House

Monday, 26/11/2018. El Almacén

Tuesday, 27/11/2018. El Almacén

The Image You Missed

Wednesday, 28/11/2018. El Almacén

Still Recording

Wednesday, 28/11/2018. El Almacén

Trot

Thursday, 29/11/2018. El Almacén

M

Friday, 30/11/2018. 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

Trasfoco: The Volcano

Trasfoco is a new annual section aimed at using film to think about and debate a theme which is universal and at once key to Lanzarote. The chosen subject for this first edition is The Volcano, probably the most crucial element in shaping the identity of our island in geological, cultural, economic and religious terms. Each year, Trasfoco will explore a different feature that characterises not only Lanzarote, but also many other places around the world. And it will do so through various filmmakers, diverse moments in time and different places. Beyond the universality or singularity of a specific place, our goal is to reconstruct the interesting and complex territory of the translocal. We have selected ten emblematic films from countries such as Italy, Iceland, Mexico or Guatemala, in which volcanoes play a leading role. Together with the film screenings and subsequent debates with their directors, we will also carry out a number of activities outside the confines of the film theatre, such as guided tours of the volcanic areas of the island. This year, the opening ceremony for the Muestra will be held inside Cueva de los Verdes, the world’s longest volcanic tube. For the occasion, we shall project the first film ever made about an erupting volcano, a work by Georges Méliès. We will also project Into the Inferno, by Werner Herzog, which will be presented by Clive Oppenheimer, a prestigious volcanologist from the University of Cambridge and film scientific advisor.

Into the Inferno

Thursday, 22/11/2018. Cueva de los Verdes

Epitaph

Friday, 23/11/2018. El Almacén

Volcano

Friday, 23/11/2018. El Almacén

La Soufrière

Saturday, 24/11/2018. El Almacén

Ixcanul

Sunday, 25/11/2018. El Almacén

Vulcano

Tuesday, 27/11/2018. El Almacén

Cochihza

Thursday, 29/11/2018. El Almacén

Ascent

Friday, 30/11/2018. El Almacén

Stromboli

Saturday, 01/12/2018. El Almacén

Cruce de caminos: Filmmakers from the Canaries

Similarly to previous editions, this year Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote showcases works made in 2018 by filmmakers from the Canary Islands with a specific session devoted to their productions. Seven short films presented throughout the last year will be screened and discussed with their creators. As is now customary in Muestra, this year we are embracing a huge formal and thematic diversity. And it is precisely this diversity that allows us to confirm how seriously cinema made in the Canaries can deal with the big issues of today.

Dua2litet

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

In Those Lands

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

The Beds of Others

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

The Colors of the Snow

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

Scipio’s Elephants

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

Nocturnes

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

Scorched Earth

Monday, 26/11/2018. Centro Cívico de Playa Honda

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

Destiladera: Domestic Celebrations

In 2018, Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote is introducing Destiladera, a new section whose mission is to recover, screen and study non-institutional images of the island. Destiladera aspires to understand the cultural, historical and social identity of Lanzarote through images filmed over the span of more than one century by non-professional filmmakers and camera operators. How has Lanzarote been captured by people in images which were not taken for commercial, advertising, cinematic or TV purposes? Who filmed the images and with what purpose? What do those images have to say? What is their value? How were these scenes, which were filmed and kept by amateurs, local families and tourists, seen in their day and how are they seen now? The goal of this section is to make them accessible to conservators, filmmakers and amateurs who believe that it is possible to address culturally important issues through non-professional images. This first edition of Destiladera is curated by Dailo Barco, a filmmaker from Tenerife who has directed the short film Archipiélago fantasma (2017) and the long feature Las Postales de Roberto (2017), two works in which archive images play a major role. With the selection of films that he has recovered for this occasion, Barco tries to reflect on the ceremonial nature that underpins most amateur filmmaking. The pieces recovered by the curator for this edition feature a variety of social events ranging from birthday parties and carnival parades to the opening of Christmas presents or the inauguration of a public square. In Barco’s words, this kind of event “brings everyday life to a halt and enters into the group of ‘things that deserve to be remembered’.

Destiladera: celebraciones domésticas

Sábado, 24/11/2018. El Almacén