- On Friday, April 9, at 6:15 pm at Cinesa El Muelle’s Screen 2, it will take place the award ceremony honoring the Iranian filmmaker, as well as his meeting with the audience; later, at 7:15 pm, it will be shown on Screen 3 the film that won the 2007 Golden Lady Harimaguada, Fireworks Wednesday
- Asghar Farhadi’s tribute will be broadcasted live through Lpafilmfestival’a Facebook page and through Promoción de la Ciudad: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Youtube Channel
- Tickets for the film, already on sale at cinesa.es, grant access to the award ceremony, too
- The Festival’s full catalogue and schedule are available at lpafilmfestival.com
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Wednesday 7 April 2021.– Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s 20th edition starts on Friday (April 9) at 6:15 pm at Cinesa El Muelle’s Screen 2 with a tribute to Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, in which he will be presented with his Honor Award. After it, at 7:15 pm at Screen 3, his film Fireworks Wednesday will be shown once again on the big screen. Its ticket grants access to both the screening of the film and the previous award ceremony, which will include a talk with the honored filmmaker and will be broadcasted live through Lpafilmfestival’a Facebook page and through Promoción de la Ciudad: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Youtube Channel.
After receiving his Honor Award directly from the hands of Luis Mirada, the director of the Film Festival, Asghar Farhadi will meet the audience in the movie theater and have a talk conducted by renowned journalist from TVE Javier Sales (Días de cine)
Tickets for Fireworks Wednesday (Iran, 2006, 104 min.), a film which earned Farhadi the 2007 Golden Lady Harimaguada and is now programmed within the Anthology 20th Anniversary cycle, can be bought at a 4-euro price directly at the movie theater or in advance at cinesa.es. This ticket also grants access to anyone interested to Cinesa El Muelle an hour prior to the screening (scheduled for 7:15 at Screen 3) so that they can enjoy the award ceremony and later talk with the honored filmmaker, which will take place at 6:15 at Screen 2.
Already established as one of the most renowned filmmakers in the world, having earned over 80 awards of great international significance, including two Oscars, a Golden Globe, a couple of awards at Cannes, Golden and Silver Bears at Berlin, a Cesar or a David di Donatello, Asghar Farhadi returns, in an edition as significant as this, to the program of the Festival: there will be a small retrospective made up of four of his films and two others included at his suggestion.
Thus, the Festival retrieves both works that earned him his two Oscars, The Salesman / Forushande (Iran, France, 2016, 123 min.) and Nader and Simin, a Separation / Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Iran, 2011, 123 min.); his critically acclaimed About Elly / Darbareye Elly (Iran, 2009, 114 min.) (Silver Bear at Berlin, Best Cinematography at Tribeca); as well as two masterpieces selected for this cycle by the Iranian director himself following the “Carte Blanche” procedure by which the Festival asks certain filmmakers to choose some of the most decisive films in their formation. Farhadi’s choices were: La Strada / The Road (Federico Fellini, Italy, 1954, 108 min.) and Umberto D. (Vittorio de Sica, Italy, 1962, 88 min.).
The Film Festival’s full program is available at lpafilmfestival.com, and tickets are on sale through their seats’ traditional portals: entrees.es for Miller’s programming (Camera Obscura, The Freakiest Afternoon and certain special sessions related to French filmmaker Chris Marker’s centenary anniversary); and at cinesa.es (Cinesa’s website), which offers the rest of the program, except for Déjà Vu, which will be screened at the Elder Museum of Science and Technology (where MECAS will be held, too).
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