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Twenty two feature films to be screened at the Official Selection

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The most up-to-date, suggestive and stimulating cinema will be present at this year´s competitive section.
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The Official Selection is the one that has turned Gijón in the last years into a referent for those fond of the most up-to-date, suggestive and stimulating cinema. Twenty two feature films and eighteen shorts will premiere at the Festival, a rich melting pot of contemporary cinema, of bright cinema.

The brilliant moment the Argentinean cinema is going through is evident at this year's Festival. Liverpool by Lisandro Alonso, presented at Cannes, tells the story of a lonely sailor in search of his mother. Pablo Agüero travels back to the turbulent memories of his childhood and after winning at the 44th Festival with his short Primera Nieve, he releases the impressive feature Salamandra, the story of a boy, whose life is about to change, when his mother reappears after years of absence to start from scratch. For this film he has relied on the actor John Cale. On the other hand, A Week Alone by Celina Murga, who was chosen by Martin Scorsese for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. In this film Murga looks into the world of high-class children trapped in their luxurious residential areas with no other entertainment than sneaking into their neighbours' homes.

American independent cinema has always a place in Gijón. Ballast (Trailer) by Lance Hammer was awarded for Best Director at Sundance 2008, the Jury Special at Deauville and competed in Berlin. A story of loneliness and broken families by the Mississipi. Wendy and Lucy by Kelly Reichardt portraits a woman’s odyssey when confronted with economic adversity and Afterschool, where Antonio Campos deals with the You Tube generation in depth, through a plot beginning with the video recording of the death at an American highschool of two teenagers.

Eldorado (Trailer) by Bouli Lanners, chosen to represent Belgium at the next Oscar Ceremony: a European road movie, where a man finds a burglar into his house and despite expectations they begin together a journey that will take them to the Luxembourg frontier; and the Turkish film Three Monkeys (Trailer) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which was awarded the Prize for Best Director at Cannes' last Festival. The spectator submerges into a family's struggle to get through their hardships after the death of a son, in 9 mm Taylan Barman presents a family struggling to remain together or the latest film by Patrice Toye, Nowhere Man, a man's tragedy, who dreaming of a better life pretends to be missing for too long, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize winner at the Rotterdam Festival, The Sky, the Earth and the Rain (Trailer) by José Luis Torres Leiva, Honourable Mention in Buenos Aires, Best Film in Mexico and Special Jury Prize in Pusan, a story of lonely people, who live in remote southern Chile.

Claire Denis comes back to the Festival with 35 Shots of Rum, acclaimed by the critics at Venice last Film Festival, about a man's grief when confronted with the death of his wife and his daughter’s possessive affection. From France as well, Stella by Sylvie Verheyde, with the recently deceased Guillaume Depardieu. The film is the portrait of a working- class neighbourhood of the 70's as seen through the eyes of an 11-year-old girl beginning to experience real life, too hard sometimes.

In the funny documentary A Complete History of my Sexual Failures (Trailer), Chris Waitt explores through irony and humour his lack of personal success by interviewing his ex-girlfriends. The wonderful Tulpan by Sergey Dvortsevoy, Cannes' Un Certain Regard winner, about a young man, who after finishing his military service, returns to his birthplace as nomad shepherd and tries to find a wife. The great surprise at Cannes 2008 Official Section was Waltz with Bashir (Trailer) by Ari Folman, an animation documentary about the director's traumatic experience as soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War during Sabra and Shatila massacres.

The opening film is Asfixia (Choke) (Trailer) by Clark Gregg, winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2008. A young man addicted to sex, who pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death. And the closing film, In Search of a Midnight Kiss (Trailer) by Alex Holdridge, comedy about love, sex and modern couples taking place on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles. Also out of competition (apart from the opening and closing films), Berlin Calling (Trailer) by Hannes Stöhr, from Germany, a film about an electronic music Dj´s life, personal relationships, journeys, excesses and his decision to change his ways in the German capital; The Headless Woman by one of this year´s honored directors, Lucrecia Martel and co-produced by Pedro Almodóvar; and finally, A Song of Good (Trailer) by Gregory King, from New Zealand, the story of a man’s struggle for redemption after committing an horrific crime. Also into the Official Selection the Spanish film Las dos vidas de Andrés Rabadán (Trailer), Ventural Duval´s opera prima.

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