The edition that commemorates the twenty years of life of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival recovers the tributes to figures who are not only current references in cinema, but who, in an exercise of coherence, have been fundamental in the history of the film event.
Thus, the Festival will make public its recognition and respect for the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, winner of two Oscars who, before becoming one of the most renowned filmmakers in the world, won the Lady Harimaguada de Oro in 2007 for Fireworks wednesday. Spanish filmmakers will also receive the Honor Award Isaki Lacuesta and Víctor Moreno, essential voices of the “other” Spanish cinema that, from their first feature films, The legend of time Y Holidays, respectively, have maintained a permanent connection with the Gran Canaria event. On the other hand, a twentieth edition could not miss the opportunity to publicly thank the persistence, tenacity and vision of the future of the one who was its first promoter and director, the film critic Claudio Utrera which, in 2000, laid the first stone of an appointment that in a few years gained a niche on the festival map, through a programming line, in those years little explored in Spain, based on the selection of innovative titles , authors unknown to the general public, and works raised to the margins of the industry, in most cases.
This commitment continues to be the touchstone of this Festival that will also pay tribute to an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, screenwriter and actress, Julie Delpy, which will be honored through the exhibition of a brief retrospective.