The New World by Terrence Malick opens the Cinema and Environment days.
Claudio Utrera, director of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, and Néstor Hernández, Environment acting city councillor, presented this morning the first edition of Cinema and Evironment. This is an initiative which collects five titles with a speech about the need of making progress and commitment compatible with environment.
The World Environment Day, 5th June, will be celebrated with a film festival which includes the New World, winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes, by Terrence Malick (1st June); An Inconvenient Truth by Davis Guggenheim (2nd June); Sanxia haoren – Still Life, the 10th Anniversary award, by Jia Zhangke (3rd June); Pour la Suite du Monde by Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière and Pierre Perrault (4th June); and Holidays, the Special Juror award in the 2010 festival, by Víctor Moreno (5th June). The showings will take place from tomorrow until 5th June at 8.30 p.m. at Cines Monopol and the entrance is free.
The members of the audience will be able to follow the festival program, as well as share the title selection keys, by facebook: lpa international film festival, or Twitter.
The initiative, started by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival with the support of the Agencia Local Gestora de la Energía, is created with a continuity aim. In fact, as Hernández said, “the idea is to grow in each edition, in such a way that debates with experts and visits of professionals related to the theme could be included”.
Likewise, the major has talked about the importance of relating art to social interests, and the value of making a compatible model which holds us and is sustainable with environment.
In the same way declared the festival director himself, who added that “continuing the festival beyond the dates it celebrates is one of its team aims, as well as, enriching the program with different dates in the course of the year. These dates may keep the coherence with the event program and quality, and the commitment with the values that the festival defends”.
Seven thousand euros is the budget which Cinema and Environment has had. This amount is assumed by the Agencia Local Gestora de la Energía, an institution which has obtained important national appreciations such as the Premio a las Buenas Prácticas Locales por el Clima award. The target of this prize is, on the one hand, to spread the most interesting projects which Spanish towns are developing in the fight against climate change field; and, on the other hand, to be a reference city in the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (Plan de Acción Nacional de Energías Renovables, PANER 2011). The agency work has meant a 400,000 € savings in bills to the City Hall, and what is more important the emission of 4,500 CO2 tons less per year.