Spanish and European films will have a strong presence at this year's second edition of the International Film Festival of Las Palmas, Grand Canary Island (March 24-31).
Among the 13 feature films competing in the official section are Michael Hanneke's Code Inconnu (Fr), Cecilia Barriga's Time's Up (Sp-US-Chile), Kieron Walsh's When Brendan Met Trudy (Ire), and Rolf de Heer's The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (Sp-Fr). The US is repped by Christopher Guest's Best In Show. Fourteen short films also compete in the official section.
Director Irvin Kershner heads a jury comprising Maria de Medeiros, Isolde Barth, Rolando Diaz, Sergio Cabrera, Juan Jesus Armas Marcelo, and Santiago Rios.
Among the additional offerings at the festival include an international film showcase, a Spanish film sidebar, a Cuban film retrospective, and a sidebar dedicated to 100 years of Disney.
The festival places special emphasis on films and talent from the Grand Canary Islands, including a retrospective of films by Canarian actor Jose Manuel Cervino, as well as various roundtables and debates concerning Canarian and Andalusian cinema.