Keys to enjoy the weekend in theaters


  • Last screening of Filipino Lav Diaz’s last feature film, Golden Lion at the last Venice Festival. The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz, Philippines, 2016, 227 min.), is the last official section’s film still been screened, in a morning showing at 10 a.m. at the Monopol’s screen 4. It is the last work of the singular and radical filmmaker Lav Diaz, who comes back to the festival with this story born from a tale by Leon Tolstoy in which he approaches the vengeance of a woman after her jail release because of an offense she did not commit. The film, like the previous titles of the author, is extraordinarily long, four hours, which the director presents as well in a rather unusual format, the black and white. A regular figure at festivals, Lav Diaz won with The Woman Who Left the Golden Lion at the last Venice Festival.
  • Morning animated films with The Magic Lantern. The second weekend of the festival there’s again an opportunity to go to the cinema with children to see two titles of The Magic Lantern section: the Spanish Teresa and Tim (Agurtzane Intxaurraga, 2016, 75 min.) and the animated musical Two Buddies and a Badger (Rasmus A. Sivertsen & Rune Spaans, 2015, 75 min.). The Spanish one will be screened on Saturday 8 and the Norwegian one on Sunday 9; in both cases, at noon at the Monopol Multiplex.


  • Last screening of Yourself and Yours, by Hong Sang-soo, in Panorama. The audience of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival knows Sang-soo’s work, the “most Gallicized of Korean directors”, in the words of critic Jordi Costa. On Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m., it will be the last screening of Yourself and Yours (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, 2016, 86 min.), awarded the Silver Shell for Best Director at the last San Sebastian Festival, and probably the Korean filmmaker’s most surrealist film so far. Yourself and Yours’ plot revolves around a break up between a painter and his girlfriend and the subsequent appearance in the story of an identical woman. At the Monopol Multiplex.
  • Last screening of René Clair’s comedy The Last Billionaire. Among the titles included in the “Iosseliani and company” film series we can still see, on Saturday, April 8, in a morning showing, The Last Billionaire (René Clair, France, 1934, 92 min.) included in the film series at filmmaker Otar Iosseliani’s request, a guest of this edition of the festival. A unique occasion to see in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a restored version of one of the most brilliant and hilarious comedies by French René Clair. On the verge of revolution and bankrupted, the kingdom of Casinarja persuades the richest man on earth to visit them and offer them financial advice to their small (and fictitious) country. But upon his arrival, our hero has his head accidentally hit and wakes up an idiot.
  • Panorama Spain also pays attention to the School works of the “other Spanish cinema”. The Spanish section of Panorama has dedicated in 2017 a space to the “other Spanish cinema”, which was affected by technological novelties and the new non-fiction new ways more than a decade ago. Within this section, besides the carte blanche granted to directors Isaki Lacuesta, Virginia García del Pino, Fernando Franco and Elías León Siminiani and the “old-fashioned” works selected by coordinators Josetxo Cerdán and Antonio Weinrichter, a space has been saved for school works. These are the titles that will be screened for the last time on Saturday 8, at noon, at the Monopol’s screen 5: Cabeza de orquídea (Violeta Blasco, Germán A. López, Carlotta Naolitano, Angélica Sánchez, Claudia Zegarra, Spain, 2016, 21 min.), El Misterio de los chinos (Yi Chen, Spain, 2014, 13 min.) and Nu Vorbesc Romaneste (No hablo rumano) (Rocío Montaño, Spain, 2016, 36 min.).

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