Cayetana Guillén Cuervo thinks it’s “amazing” that watching a film “could help us live”


 The actress will host tomorrow the Film Festival’s opening ceremony at 8:30 pm at the Pérez Galdós Theater. The Monkey Business GAF will provide the music of a ceremony scripted by Paco Sánchez and directed by 2RC Teatro; Sebastián Leilo’s remake, Gloria Bell, opens the 19th edition of the festival

 Milagros, by David Baute, opens at the Monopol Multiplex the screening of the features competing in the Canarias Cinema section.

 The cycle Film and Philias, Hong-san Soo, Radu Jude and Bi Gan’s last films and Tremenda Jauría, Cintia Lund and Flor de canela’s concerts are some of the keys to the festival’s first day in theaters

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Thursday 21 March 2019.- Actress Cayetana Guillén Cuervo, who will be in charged of hosting the 19th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s opening ceremony tomorrow, March 22nd, at 8:30 pm at the Pérez Galdós Theater, gave a press conference in the morning of March 21st in which she stressed the importance of cinema “in our lives”. “It’s amazing that watching a film can change us emotionally and psychologically”, but, above all, “can help us live”. The journalist and hostess also declared herself “a cultural activist in favor of cinema and everything that has to do with culture”, because of the importance it has “for the developing of human beings”.

Regarding the opening ceremony, she advanced that in the ceremony itself it will be discuss what cinema is “because it is something different for every human being” and also “from the point of view of the author”. We will remind the spectator “what it means in our lives” and “what cinema can do to change someone’s life”, she stressed.

Likewise, she highlighted that the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival focuses “on films to which attention has not being paid and which have being released in different festivals but haven’t being seen in Spain”, as well as “on authors that maybe are not that praised but deserve all the attention in the world”.

Cayetana Guillén Cuervo was accompanied by the directors of the opening ceremony Rafael Rodríguez and José Luis Massó, from 2RC Teatro. Compañía de Repertorio, and by the director of the festival, Luis Miranda, who stressed the actress’ connection with and support of Spanish cinema and pointed out as well the importance music has in a ceremony such as the festival’s opening.

In that sense, he explained that the Monkey Business Band, undisputed protagonist of the opening ceremony of the Festival’s last editions, will be thus once again, but on this occasion adopting the name of the group that has shaped it in 2019, the Tenerife-based sextet GAF.

The Monkey Business GAF will offer in this ceremony several versions of their Nino Rota’s reinterpretations specifically made for the Festival. Alongside its director and electric guitar, Mladen Kurajica, there will be on stage Carolina Machado (drums, keys and voice), César Chinarro (guitar), Eduardo Villalobos (bass), José Martín (keys) and Alejandro Padrón (trumpet, percussion and electronica).

Julianne Moore, actress of the opening film

The North-American Chilean coproduction Gloria Bell‘s premiere in Spain (its official theatrical release will be on April 26th) will be the screening that opens the Film Festival. Its director, Sebastián Lelio, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film with Una mujer fantástica and one of the most outstanding new voices in Latin American cinema, has made in Gloria Bell a remake of his own film Gloria (2013).

Gloria Bell, which has already been screened at the Toronto and Rotterdam festivals, stars Julianne Moore alongside a cast featuring John Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistorius, Brad Garrett and Jeanne Tripplehorn. A dramatic comedy that revolves around a 50-year old woman who spends her days at an office job and her nights on the dance floors around Los Angeles. The world of this free-spirited divorcée takes a turn when she meets Arnold, who leads her to a new complex reality, between the joys of budding love and the complications of an unexpected relationship.

The biggest cinephile call of the year begins

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria thus begins tomorrow, March 22nd, its biggest cinephile call of the year. The 19th International Film Festival will have the Pérez Galdós Theater, the Monopol Multiplex and the Elder Museum as venues for the screening of its 15 titles. In addition, the 3rd Market of Almost-Finished Films (MECAS) will take place at the Guiniguada Theater and CIMA Association’s sessions will be held at the Gabinete Literario. The 4th Monopol Music Festival will be also a part of the Festival. The team of the Festival, directed by Luis Miranda, will again bank on quality cinema made from the edges –formal and geographic– and on talent away from conventionalisms and the most commercial lines of work. The public can enjoy all of it until Sunday, March 31st.


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