The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Teleférico del Teide, Canary Islands Government Turismo de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, Fundación SGAE and RTVE, concluded its ninth edition last Saturday, July 11th, with an applause of more than 5,000 spectators attending the concerts and parallel activities of the festival. Once again, Tenerife has become the world capital of film music, with the participation of the national composers Antón García Abril, Pascal Gaigne and Zacarías M. de la Riva, and the international Bruce Broughton, Ludovic Bource, Jean-Michel Bernard, Kimiko Ono, Sara Andon, and Robert Towson, among others.
The great closing gala, sold out five days before its celebration, was honored by the attendance of the president of the Cabildo, Carlos Alonso. "Back in time, 1985, live!" offered a repertoire dedicated to a unique year for film music at Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín". This concert, hosted by Ana Molowny, became the icing on the cake of nine intense days of festival. The Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (OST), the Tenerife Film Choir and the Children's Choir of the Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, played the memorable scores for Back to the Future, The Goonies, Legend, The Color Purple, Ladyhawke, Cocoon and Witness, among others, under the baton of FIMUCITÉ's director, Diego Navarro, and Bruce Broughton, who conducted his music for Young Sherlock Holmes.
Moreover, this concert began with an out-of-program gift, the world premiere of the main theme of the score for the animated film Capture the Flag, composed by Diego Navarro. The movie will be released on August 28.
The gala included also the reading of the list of winners of the festival's official competitive section FIMUCINEMA, directed by Manuel Díaz Noda, and the ceremony of the Alex North Award for Best Original Score in a Feature Film, given to the composer Pascal Gaigne for his work for the Finnish film Theo's House, directed by Rax Rinnekangas.
Film music lovers could also enjoy the other concerts programmed, starting with the best film songs of the 90s in the Paraninfo of the University of La Laguna with "Back to the 90s," continued with a concert at Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Arona in honor of the composer François De Roubaix, two concerts at the Guimerá Theater in Santa Cruz de Tenerife dedicated to the animation studio Ghibli, with the Symphonic Band of the Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the best film ballads, with Carezza. The symphonic concert "The French Connection," which was held at Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín", delighted the audience through an unforgettable journey through the works of the greatest film music French composers, from Maurice Jarre and Georges Delerue, to Alexandre Desplat and Ludovic Bource, who won a standing ovation when he played on the piano his music for the film The Artist, for which he won the Oscar Academy Award in 2012.
In the words of Diego Navarro, "this ninth edition has been fantastic and we are very proud of seeing all the festival venues filled with an audience that has remained faithful to FIMUCITÉ even in a week in which the cultural offer in the island was enormous." "Each year, the festival is a huge emotional experience for both the people attending and the team to carry it out, and it has favored new relations among the guests," the director emphasized.
FIMUCITÉ will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2016 and, in this sense, Navarro states that there are several months ahead to develop a program which fulfills the expectations of its followers, film music and cinema lovers.