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This competition includes nine world premieres and one European premiere
The cross-sectional competition awarding Spanish cinema will consist of thirteen feature films, including nine world premieres and one European premiere. This shows the reliance of Spanish filmmakers on Gijón International Film Festival to launch their works. The jury will choose the best Spanish film and the best screenplay, supported by ALMA Association (Literary Authors of Audiovisual Media).

FICX 56 edition has added four more candidates to this competition, in comparison with the eight candidates in 2017. It follows the guidelines established last year to offer the public the most recent quality and cinematographic diversity of our country, a selection of young creators and an important bunch of female directors.

Within the Official Section, the audience will be able to attend the worldwide premiere of ‘Zaniki’, Gabriel Velázquez’s latest film. He released his previous works in Berlin, Rotterdam and San Sebastián, and received a mention by the international jury in FICX 2011 for ‘Iceberg’. ‘Zaniki’ is a mutant film, with documentary elements, almost timeless, set in the fields in Salamanca and starring the folk band Mayalde. Velázquez portrays Zaniki and his grandfather, a folklorist who makes music with spoons, with frying pans and even with his own hands. In an initiatory journey, grandfather and grandson go to the mountains to share traditional rites of their homeland so that Zaniki takes over as the narrator of the popular tradition.

The Official Section also includes the world premiere of ‘Cantares de una revolución’ by Ramón Lluís Bande. With his characteristic resistant cinema and the complicity of the musician Nacho Vegas, the Asturian director goes through some of the most significant incidents and locations of the Asturian farmers and workers’ uprising of October 1934.

The following feature films in Rellumes section will also compete for the Best Spanish Film Award:
Derechos del hombre’ (Juan Rodrigáñez). After making his debut at Berlin Film Festival with ‘El complejo de dinero’, Juan Rodrigáñez presents one of the most suggestive and unique films of the year. ‘Derechos del hombre’ follows, with humour, surrealism and musical interludes, the adventures, trials and conversations of a quirky group of performers in their attempt to understand reality and find a meaning for their lives.

La felicidad de los perros’ (David Hernández). FICX will host the world premiere of David Hernández’s debut, an enigmatic black and white story narrating the escape and the vital change of the main character who, at the age of 40, decides to find himself. This film was shot in Galicia, Zamora, Madrid and Portugal, and is the result of three years of work.

Qué tal Pascual’ (Bárbara Brailovsky). ‘Lo que dirán’, produced by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making, won two awards in FICX 55. This time, FICX will host the worldwide premiere of ‘Qué tal Pascual’, a warm and hilarious film that captures human essences through the enigmatic hairdresser Pascual Iranzo.

Entrialgo’ (Diego Llorente). Llorente’s second feature film focuses on Asturian rural lifestyle. The filmmaker is seduced by the decay of life in the village, seen through the eyes of Rubén and Aitor, the two young protagonists. Gijón will host the European premiere of this film, after its world premiere at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

En busca del Oscar’ (Octavio Guerra). The debut feature of the Canarian filmmaker was presented at the Berlin Critics' Week. Guerra outlines a funny portrait of film critic by following Oscar Peyrou —president of the Spanish Association of the Cinematographic Press— at film festivals around the world. The director moves between reality and fiction to show Peyrou’s peculiar method: writing about films without seeing them. Spanish premiere.

Hamada’ (Eloy Domínguez Serén). Full of vitality, humour and unexpected situations, the film by the Galician filmmaker depicts an unusual portrait of a group of young friends who live in a refugee camp in the middle of the Sahara desert. The film will have its world premiere in Amsterdam before its national premiere in Gijón.

In the Spanish competition will also take part three feature films included in Llendes. They are films “on the narrative frontier” and will have their world premiere in Gijón. ‘Muga deitzen da pausoa’ by Maider Oleaga narrates a meeting between two women in an old house in Donostia, connecting the present and the past. ‘Lurralde Hotzak’ by Iratxe Fresneda is a geographical journey through the images of landscapes combined with landscapes already seen in films by Theo Angelopoulos and Wim Wenders. ‘El zoo’, by Gemma Blasco, an essay film on the limits of performance and men and women behind it.

Moreover, two of the titles included in Esbilla will also compete for the Best Spanish Film Award. ‘Enterrados’, the first feature film by the Asturian filmmaker Luis Trapiello, will have its premiere at FICX. A claustrophobic adventure of a group of people who get trapped in a mine, starring Candela Peña, Joaquín Furriel and two figures of Asturian theatre, José Antonio Lobato and Manuel Pizarro. ‘Miriam miente’, by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, is a Spanish-Dominican coproduction that received a mention of the jury at Karlovy Vary. It is an intimate chronicle of the Dominican adolescence set on the traditional quinceañera celebration.
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2018