Cruce de caminos: Filmmakers from the Canaries

Drifts

Thursday, 2/12 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Heurtebise

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Lovebirds

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Sophía

Thursday, 2/12 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Una puerta que se abre

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Versiones

Thursday, 2/12 · 18:30 · El Almacén

Over the last ten years, the expansion of independent film in the Canary Islands has been truly noteworthy. Two generations of directors have begun to emerge and make both short and feature-length films which have been screened in major film festivals worldwide. New small and mid-level producers have been set up with the goal of driving forward different projects by filmmakers both from the islands and elsewhere, and various associations and groups, such as Microclima and CIMA, were founded to defend the interests and needs of the sector.

Likewise, Televisión Canaria and local government bodies, riding on the energy and efforts of the audiovisual sector, have started to implement collaborative processes and provide aid (such a disparaging word insofar as it suggests that cultural productions are in the realm of begging and social welfare and not investment) that has funded many projects. Hopefully this proactive work will keep growing and expanding, and thus project an image of the islands in the wider world as a place where high quality home-grown works are produced. There are many filmmakers who, with great effort, have made a name for themselves in the field of culture both in Spain and internationally, making the headlines in top-tier specialized journals or accruing nominations in major events, sometimes even in popular national events like the annual Goya Awards.

Against this backdrop, absolutely necessary for the development of the audiovisual sector in the Canaries, the Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote has always wanted to continue following the example of the Las Palmas International Film Festival, and so, one decade ago, it introduced this section which lends a special focus to filmmakers from the island. The section has its own monetary prize awarded by the same jury which chooses the winner in the Official Section.

Similar to almost all other years, the films included in this section have little or nothing in common, except for their undoubted interest and their desire to offer new gazes capable of questioning dominant reality. Some of them analyse the cultural and social context of the island: tourism, traditions and crafts and trades in decline, uncovering aspects that do not usually appear in the promotional images of the Canary Islands; others explore the realm of the family—past and present—to reveal doubts and unsettling or conflicting relationships, while others “bring to the screen” cinematographic reworkings of gender conflicts. In all cases, they are personal gazes that open up different visions of the reality of the islands and the world in general.