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Rellumes International Competition: fourteen Spanish premieres make up the other official section of FICX


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FICX’s familiar faces, emerging authors and the best of American independent cinema complete one of the most popular sections of FICX
Rellumes Section will achieve once more the goal of giving visibility to young filmmakers who seek innovation in cinematographic forms. In this 56th edition, it will pay special attention to Spanish cinema, with three world premieres and one European premiere. The selection is complemented by the presence of cult filmmakers, who are well known by FICX’s faithful audience.

Rellumes has become one of the most popular FICX sections. It has included in its programme names such as Céline Sciamma, Mohammad Rasoulof, Hong Sang-soo, Ben Russell, Vicent Macaigne, Ariel Rotter, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Alexei Balabanov and Eugène Green, an impressive bunch of filmmakers that will be increased with the group of young talents attending FICX 56.

The prizes within Rellumes section will be awarded by a jury made up of FIPRESCI members. These awards will be given to the best film of the section and the best director. This year, FIPRESCI jury consists of: Hanna Margolis, film analyst in several European media; Diego Lerer, creator of the popular Argentine website Otros cines and programmer of Pingyao and Cannes Directors' Fortnight; and Guillem F. Marí, film critic in El matí a Ràdio 4.

The five new titles that join those already announced in Rellumes International Competition are the following:

À l’école des philosophes (Fernand Melgar). The Spanish-Swiss filmmaker returns to Gijón after competing in FICX 2011 Official Section with his documentary Vol Special. On this occasion, Melgar focuses on disabled children and the right to assistance, highlighting again his analytical skills and his ability to describe the phenomena that our society tries to hide under the mask of prosperity and the Welfare State.

Cassandro The Exotico! (Marie Losier). The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’s director presents a new and firm analysis of gender roles in contemporary society. Mexican wrestling (lucha libre) and cross-dressing filmed in a heady texture of 16 mm made up a set as disruptive as the charisma of the star protagonist, a sweeping personality in a film that moves between humour and reflection on what shapes us personally and socially.

Nos batailles (Guillaume Senez). Halfway between family portrait and social cinema, Guillaume Senez’s second film has the demiurgic presence of Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, L'auberge espagnole) in the role of a father who tries to reconcile his personal life with his job. This new film by Senez has recently won the Critics' Prize at the Hamburg Festival.

The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić (Marta Hernáiz Pidal). The first feature film by the Asturian-Mexican director shows us a trip through the Balkans. A mother and her autistic daughter try to face their past as a way to understand their present as well as the bureaucratic and social obstacles that arise on their way. The film will have its Spanish premiere in Gijón after its world premiere at the prestigious Forum Section of Berlin International Film Festival.

The Great Pretender (Nathan Silver). Nathan Silver belongs to the last batch of American indie filmmakers based in New York City, alongside other authors such as Alex Ross Perry and Ricky D'Ambrose. In his new film, set in the Off-Broadway and the Big Apple, he narrates the lives of four characters: a theatre director, his former partner and two of the actors in his new play. French actress Esther Garrel will attend the Spanish premiere at FICX.

These five proposals join those already announced in previous communications: Derechos del hombre by Juan Rodrigáñez, one of the most unique views in the new Spanish cinema; David Hernández’s debut, La felicidad de los perros; the sharp and funny portrait of film critics in En busca del Óscar; the European premiere of Diego Llorente’s new film Entrialgo; Hamada, a journey to the refugee camps in Sahara filmed by Eloy Domínguez Serén; and Qué tal Pascual, the new film by Bárbara Brailovskyand and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making.

Furthermore, we have to mention other three films within this selection: Premières solitudes, the new documentary by Claire Simon; Olmo Omerzu's Winter Flies, winner of Best Director award at the 2018 Karlovy Vary Film Festival; and the 90’s gamer fable by Joel Potrykus, Relaxer.

The programme of Rellumes International Competition is complemented by two short films: Entre raíles (also produced by the Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making) and Amor siempre (by Maider Fernández Iriarte).
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2018