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Gran Angular spotlights eight titles of current cinema, a careful selection of films that have succeeded this year in Cannes, Annecy or Sitges

The Géneros Mutantes section includes five films, tributes to thriller, horror or science-fiction

Pablo Hernando stars in one of the cycles of the contest

La Noche Innombrable and four Special Passes complete the parallel sections of the Festival

The 54th edition of the Gijón International Film Festival approaches the cinema that has received the most recognition in the most prestigious international festivals through Gran Angular. This section of the FICX places in the foreground essential titles of current author's cinema, such as Toni Erdmann, My life as a Courgette, The Handmaiden or The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki.

This new edition of Gran Angular will show eight titles, all well received by both critic and public that will allow having a greater depth on current cinema. This ambitious program contains proposals for all tastes, highlighting the presence of tapes of mystical or metacinematographic content, stories inspired by literary fictions or reflections on human dignity.

A Journey Through French Cinema, by Bernard Tavernier (France). The last film of this French master is a documentary in which the director of It All Starts Today makes a personal trip through French cinema. From the movies that made him as a child to key figures like Renoir, Becker or Sautet. Master class of 195 minutes.

Yourself and Yours, by Hong Sang-soo (South Korea). The winner of the Principality of Asturias Award for Best Film at FICX53 is also in the 54th edition with this story about love indecision and the ability that love has to reinvent itself on each occasion. Awarded in San Sebastián.

Toni Erdmann, by Maren Ade (Germany, Austria). The first director who has won the FIPRESCI Grand Prix since its 1999 release did so with this film that revolves around a simple question: Are you happy? Awarded by the critics in Cannes, it also opts for the best European film and the Oscar for best non-English speaking production.

My Life as a Courgette, by Claude Barras (France, Switzerland). A touching animated film made with the stop motion technique, adapted from the well-known children's novel by Gilles Paris about the life of a 9 year old boy in a French orphanage. Also awarded in Annecy, it is the film that opts to the Oscar as the best foreign film by Switzerland.

The Handmaiden, by Park Chan-Wook (South Korea). Careful production based on the novel Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, but located in a Korea under Japanese dominion. The maid is, in fact, a professional pickpocket who enters the service of a wealthy woman. The artistic direction has taken prize in Cannes and the public of Sitges recognized it as the best film of the contest.

Aquarius, by Kleber Mendonça Filho (Brazil). Return to Gijón of this Brazilian director who was made known to the Spanish public in the FICX50 with his debut, O Som ae redor. Aquarius is not only the original title of the director's last work, it is also the name of the building around which this fable gravitates on the dignity and collateral damage of real estate speculation, carried out by a brilliant Sonia Braga.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, by Juho Kuosmanes (Finland, Germany, Sweden). Winner of Un Certain Regard in Cannes, chooses to represent Finland in the next delivery of the Oscars. Inspired by the true story of a championship-pretending featherweight world champion in the sixties, this story about boxing is almost without boxing but with much love.

Mimosas, by Oliver Laxe (España). The Galician director settled in Morocco that in the 48th edition took the Young Jury prize for Todos vós sodes capitáns, returns to Gijón. In his latest film, Laxe makes a mystical journey through the Atlas with his eyes on the caravan that joins a sheikh on his last trip. He won the Grand Prize of Cannes Critics' Week.

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New readings on genres are concentrated in this section, which approaches the thriller, science fiction, drama and terror in an unconventional way, following the guidelines of the FICX. In this new meeting with Géneros Mutantes appear the winning films in Cannes, Sundance or Sitges.

Swiss Army Man, by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (United States). Daniel Radcliffe left the magic at Hogwarts to become a flatulent corpse in this strange indie production in which he shares a desert island with Paul Dano. Both make up an unusual "Robinson and Friday" in this story for which Kwan and Scheinert took the prize for best directors in Sundance.

The Neon Demon, by Nicolas Winding Refn (France, Denmark). Horror thriller which conquered the critic jury in Sitges. This fable about the fashion world was a hit in Cannes (where the music took the prize) by posing whether the top models conquer the business or are vampirized by it. With Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Jena Malone (Contact).

Seoul Station, by Yeon Song-Ho (South Korea). The Korean director returns to Gijón to present his new two films about the living dead. Song-Ho won ex-aequo the AnimaFICX 51 and fans will be able to see how a wild zombie pandemic ... animated.

Train to Busan, from Yeon Song-Ho (South Korea). This was the first Korean film to break the audience record with 10 million viewers and, for the critics, it is one of the year's sensations. What does it offer? A zombie apocalypse dressed with horror, suspense and action which won two awards at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Melanie, The Girl With All The Gifts, by Colm McCarthy (Great Britain). This dystopic story of infected is based on the novel of the same name M.R. Carey, who also signs the script. McCarthy, who has directed chapters of series like Sherlock or Doctor Who, counted for this twist of the genre with Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

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The 54th edition of FICX dedicates one of its cycles to the Spanish director Pablo Hernando. Born in Vitoria in 1986, this director and scriptwriter has signed five short films and three feature films. The Gijon audience will be able to watch six of those works, among them the feature films Cabas, Berserker and Esa sensación, a production directed by the directors Juan Cavestany and Julian Génisson.

Cabás (2012). Hernando faced his first feature film with just 2,000€ and a very small team. With those features he recorded the story of Xabi (Xabi Tolosa), just at the time he gets sick and his girlfriend leaves him.

Berserker (2015). Mystery movie starring a writer without ideas for his next novel that decides to investigate a crime to use that story in his book. Starring Julián Génisson (Magical Girl), Ingrid García Jonsson (Hermosa juventud) and Vicenç Miralles (Cabás).

Esa sensación (2016). Cavestany (Dispongo de barcos), Génisson (La tumba de Bruce Lee) and Hernando film this film-manifesto with three stories that have in common a starting point: to take the most absolute routine and look for what is underneath.

FICX will also show short films Kuleshov: Segundo Experimento (2010), Agustín del futuro (2011) and Magia (2013).

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A new edition of the cycle coordinated by Jesús Palacios, which, in his words, is the night "which all festivals need". And for what? Just for fun. The critic and writer argues "To make enjoy while fulfilling the unspoken requirements of the best cinematographic show, joining entertainment, sense of wonder and even delirium, with artistic creativity and excellence in technical issues".

With all of this in mind, La Noche Innombrable offers in the 54th edition three titles: the award-winning feature film They Call Me Jeeg, by Gabriele Mainetti and the shorts Hileta by Kepa Sojo and Decorado by Alberto Vázquez (Psiconautas).

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La 54 edición del FICX ofrecerá tres pases especiales: las producciones españolas Frágil equilibrio y Excluidas del paraíso, y la húngara Hijos de la gloria.

Frágil equilibrio, by Guillermo García López (Spain). The film, which is supported by Intermón Oxfam, is articulated through the words of former Uruguayan president José Mujica. He guides the viewer in a reflection on the universal problems through three stories: two Japanese executives in Tokyo, whose lives are based only on their work. A sub-Saharan community on Mount Gurugu, on the border between Africa and Europe, who risk its life struggling for a better future; And several families in Madrid destroyed by the crisis and the loss of their homes.

Excluidas del paraíso, by Esther Pérez de Eulate (Spain). Film for the Les Comadres traditional session. In the 21st century, what mechanisms reproduce and perpetuate patriarchy? Through voices of relevant feminist thinkers, this documentary attempts to answer this question.

Hijos de la gloria, by Krisztina Goda (Hungary). Drama based on real events, set in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, where the Hungarian water polo team fiercely faced the Soviet team, in which it would be one of the wildest games in the history of the sport.

La estación de las mujeres, de Leena Yadav. The third feature film of the Indian director runs away from the exotic portrait of rural India and stops at rigid patriarchal norms which still not overcome. Beautiful story around the freedom of women with which the Office of Equality Policies of the City of Gijón remembers the International Day against gender violence.

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Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2016