The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ) presents part of the programme for its fourteenth festival, which features the world premiere of successful TV series Money Heist soundtrack. Composed by Manel Santisteban and Iván Martínez, it has been adapted to symphonic format under the artistic and music direction of renowned composer and conductor Diego Navarro, director of FIMUCITÉ. The councillor of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Concepción Rivero, revealed the details of this year’s festival with Matilde Zambudio, councillor for Culture of Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council; Yaiza López, councillor for Culture of La Laguna town council, and Diego Navarro.

Concepción Rivero confirmed that “the festival, to be held from 18 to 27 September, as announced, will provide film music lovers with a significant programme of concerts and parallel activities despite the exceptional circumstances we’re going through due to Covid-19”. The councillor praised Navarro’s resourcefulness in dealing with this “emblematic cultural event of the island, which overflows with love for music and films”. “We expect tickets for the Auditorio concerts to be available in July”, she revealed.

Matilde Zambudio applauded FIMUCITÉ’s courage to maintain the initial dates and acknowledged that during the lockdown, “many of us enjoyed culture, specifically concerts recorded in this festival”. “We’re proud that Teatro Guimerá plays host to part of the programme”, she admitted, and thanked Diego Navarro “for giving so much to culture on the island, it’s invaluable”.

For her part, Yaiza López said that “we’re happy to take part again in this event, which is established at national level, giving us a place in the world’s cultural arena. The town councillor thanked the festival’s team for their effort, because “without their endeavour and passion, it wouldn’t be possible”. “In our view, culture is a strategic sector and we’ll continue to support it”, she stated.

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Diego Navarro admitted that “it’s been extraordinarily difficult to get here”. “In four epic months, the festival had to be rearranged, and it’s one out of the two film music festivals in the world to be held in 2020”, the conductor explained.

“Not even this pandemic was able to undo FIMUCITÉ: we’re the resistance of film music”, he said. The head of the festival said that “we wish to pay tribute to the most successful series of all times -the first Spanish series to win an Emmy award- with a world premiere, a music journey to match every chapter”.

So, maestro Navarro will stand before the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in the two performances of We are the Resistance: Money Heist In Concert, that are taking place on Friday, 25 and Saturday, 26 September at the Auditorio de Tenerife, featuring composers Manel Santisteban and Iván Martínez Lacámara, singer Cecilia Krull, who will perform onstage the popular theme of the series My life is going on.

The impact of the international health crisis meant the festival had to be rearranged, and thanks to the support of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Santa Cruz City Council, La Laguna Town Council, the Government of the Canary Islands, the Auditorio de Tenerife and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, it will keep its essence, offering original concerts, unique experiences and exceptional guests. 

Opening Concert

On Friday, 18 September, the Teatro Leal de La Laguna will be host to FIMUCITÉ opening concert, where singer Esther Ovejero and jazz will lead a brand-new programme of songs that have been performed in films by great music divas. The concert will be on again on Saturday, the 19th at the Teatro Guiniguada in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The programme titled Cotton Club Diva, a tribute to the iconic New York night club, and Francis Ford Coppola’s film about the  difficult times of Prohibition Law in the US,  includes songs like I say a little prayer for you, immortalised by Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin and part of soundtracks in films like My Best Friend's Wedding' or 'The Valley of the Dolls'; 'Feeling good'; Nina Simone’s Feeling good, that featured in  'Point of no return’, or Killing me softly with his song, that earned Roberta Flack three Grammy awards, and was included in the comedy A big Boy, with Hugh Grant and a young Nicholas Hoult.

Scorsese After Hours

Pop Culture Band is back this year with a unique proposal: a selection of songs that Oscar-winner New York filmmaker Martin Scorsese has used in some of his best-known scenes. The Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the venue chosen for Gonzalo de Araoz’s energetic ensemble to give two performances of Scorsese After Hours, which includes purpose-made arrangements of songs like Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones, from the soundtrack of Godfellas (1990), or I’m Sorry, that singer Brenda Lee made popular in 1960 and that was included in Casino (1995), among others. The show is on Saturday, 19 September.


On the other hand, 14th FIMUCITÉ also features the Coro Polifónico de la Universidad de La Laguna, who is giving the recital Cinemass on 20 September, that includes a fabulous repertoire of choir pieces that have been included in unforgettable films like Gabriel’s Oboe, of the soundtrack legendary Ennio Morricone composed for The Mission, to key pieces from Les Choristes, by Bruno Coulais, or Leonard Cohen’s popular Hallelujah included in the soundtrack of the animation film Shrek, among others. This concert is an original co-production of FIMUCITÉ the Krakow Film Music Festival and Soundtracks Live!

III Premios de la Música para el Audiovisual Español [Spanish Film Music Awards]

Also, on Saturday the 26th just before the second Money Heist concert, the III Premios de la Música para el Audiovisual Español Award Ceremony will be held at the Auditorio de Tenerife, organized by the Asociación de Compositores de Música para Audiovisual (Musimagen), in collaboration with FIMUCITÉ. Winners of the different categories (orchestral score, electroacoustic score, original music for series and original music for commercials) will be revealed on 3 August. They are all guests at the festival along with Darío Palomo, president of Musimagen.

This year was meant to be about comics and superheroes but this theme has been put off to 2021 so that its great influence and contribution to film can be celebrated as it deserves, with a wonderful repertoire of scores that have made history and keep adding to new projects and creations.