The 17th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s official section presents today, Friday 7, the last two feature films competing for the Cajamar Foundation Golden Lady Harimaguada: the French-Japanese production Harmonium (Koji Fukada, 2016, 118 min.), a thriller thanks to which its director won the Jury Prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section; and the American Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry, USA, 2017, 90 min.), a story of couple relationships set in Brooklyn with actresses Mary-Louise Parker and Chloë Sevigny among its stars.
Koji Fukada’s last film, Harmonium, will start the screenings of the day at 9:30 a.m. at the the Monopol’s screen 2. The Japanese filmmaker tells the arrival of an old acquaintance to the house of a family that, though cautiously, provide him lodging and a job. Their privacy is altered and the outsider’s presence results in an inexplicable tragedy. Besides its successful run at Cannes, the film was shown at the Toronto, London, Rotterdam and Stockholm festivals. Harmonium will be screened to the audience this Friday, at 6 p.m., at the Pérez Galdós Theater.
After being at Sundance and Berlin, the second showing of the day is the American Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry, USA, 2017, 90 min.), whose press screening will be at noon, at the Monopol’s screen 2. After this festival devoted him a film series in 2015, Ross Perry’s work returns to the festival with his fifth feature film, a story revolving around two upper-middle class couples who live in Brooklyn. The arrival of an attractive Australian girl that will live together with them due to labor reasons threatens to reveal these characters’ frustrations, incapable of changing their lives as they wish to. Next to Mary-Louise Parker and Chloë Sevigny, the cast includes Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Lily Rabe and Jason Schwartzman. The audience will enjoy Golden Exits’ release on Friday 7 at the Pérez Galdós Theater, at 8:45 p.m.
Alex Ross Perry at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival
The Festival devoted in 2015 a film series to the American Alex Ross Perry, a prominent figure within American independent cinema, filmmaker, screenwriter and actor born in Pennsylvania in 1984 and settled in New York since his adolescence. Up to now, Perry’s work was unpublished in Spain. The festival has screened three of his four titles, Impolex (2009), The Color Wheel (2011) and Listen Up Philip (2014).
The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, organized by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council, is supported, in 2017, by the following institutions and organizations: Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action (AC/E), thanks to the Spanish Culture Internationalization Program (PICE); the Canarian Government through Canarias Culture in Network; the Cabildo of Gran Canaria through the SPEG and the Gran Canaria Film Commission; the Canarian Audiovisual Cluster, the Pérez Galdós Theater, the Elder Museum of Science and Technology, Casa Africa and Radio Televisión Canaria; as well as the companies Cajamar Canarias Foundation, Hospitales San Roque, Dorada Especial, Audiovisuales Canarias, The Hoteles, Jameson, Web! Energy Drink and 928 Ron.
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