Keys to the Festival’s fourth day, Monday, March 25th


  • Mudar la piel by Ana Schulz and Cristóbal Fernández in Panorama España, The Juniper Tree by Icelander Nietzchka Keene in Déjà vu and Yul Ballesteros Canarian Quintet’s concert as a tribute to musician Michel Legrand in the Monkey Nights, keys to Monday 25th

The restored copy of The Juniper Tree by Icelander Nietzchka Keene in Déjà vu

The restored copy of The Juniper Tree by Nietzchka Keene will be screened on Monday 25th, at 7:30 pm, at the Monopol Screen 4. The film is included in the Déjà vu section, which in 2019 is centered around the work of seven female authors who broke with the established norm. This section that edition after edition rescues essential titles will screen recently restored copies of works by filmmakers such as Barbara Loden, Nietzchka Keene, Chantal Akerman, Larisa Sheptiko, Nina Menkes and Agnès Varda.

Screened at the Sundance and Rotterdam festivals, The Juniper Tree (Iceland, 1990, 78 min.) is set in the Medieval Age, when a woman is burned in a bonfire as she is accused of witchcraft. This event forces her daughters to flee in search of a secure place.

MECAS’ stamp in the Panorama Spain section with Mudar la piel (2017 MECAS Award )

The Festival’s young market’s run, the Market of Almost-Finished Films (MECAS), is starting to leave international marks. In 2018, MECAS’ stamp could be seen at the Locarno International Film Festival and at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, accompanying the film Mudar la piel, by Ana Schulz and Cristóbal Fernández, winners of the 2017 MECAS Award. In addition to this, the project that won the market’s last edition, Hamada, by Eloy Domínguez Serén, was released at the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) and went on to the Gijón International Film Festival, in which it won the Best Spanish Film Award. Both projects are included in the present selection of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Panorama Spain section.

Mudar la piel will be screened at the Monopol 4 on Monday 25th at 7 pm and on Tuesday 26th at 9:15 pm.

The Festival pays tribute to Michel Legrand through Yul Ballesteros Canarias Quintet’s perfomances

French musician Michel Legrand will be one of the protagonists of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 2nd Monkey Nights. Guitarist Yul Ballesteros has developed the arrangements for some of the most famous works of the composer of “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”, who passed away last January 26th, to take them to The Paper Club’s stage (10 Remedios Street) on Monday, March 25th, at 10 pm. He will play alongside four fellow Canarian musicians: Suso Vega on the drums, José Vera on the saxophone, José Alberto Medina on the keys and Tana Santana on the double bass.

The Yul Ballesteros Canarian Quintet’s concert (free entrance until filled to capacity) was a direct assignment the Festival asked the Gran-Canarian musician. The performance will revolve mainly on the works of Legrand awarded with the Oscar and belonging to the films películas “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Summer of ’42” and “Yentl”. Yul Ballesteros, with a jazz career and training, will also explore alongside his quintet Legrand’s career directly related to jazz, with songs like “Round Midninght”, “I Love Paris”, or the aforementioned “Les parapluies de Cherbourg”.

DJ Mono / Stereo Selector’s session will put a follow-on to the night.

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