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ELENA LÓPEZ RIERA AND STEFAN IVANCIC WILL BE THE PROTAGONISTS OF TWO SPOTLIGHTS AT #57FICX

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- THEIR PRESENCE IN GIJÓN/XIXÓN WILL COMPLEMENT THE SCREENING OF THEIR MOST OUTSTANDING WORKS
Along with the usual retrospectives of authors already established although often lesser known to the general public, in the last few years, Gijón/Xixón Film Festival has strengthened its vocation to put the spotlight on emerging authors.

Over the last two years, filmmakers such as Carla Simón, Elisa Cepedal, Johann Lurf or Eli Cortiñas have taken centre stage in this FICX look at the names of today and tomorrow, authors with a career to look forward.

- Stefan Ivancic

Born in Belgrade (Serbia) in 1985, Stefan Ivancic is one of the most versatile emerging talents (writer-director, producer, teacher, critic and programmer) in European cinema today. He studied film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in his home town, and his second short Soles de primavera (2013) had its international premiere at FIDMarseille and was selected in Rotterdam or San Sebastian, among other festivals. His medium-length film 1973 (2014) premiered at Visions du Réel and was followed by the very emotional Moonless Summer (2014), which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival, Cinéfondation. His latest work, A Handful of Stones (2017), was also presented at Cannes as part of the special program ACID Trip #1 Serbia. His films have received a large number of national and international awards at festivals such as Belgrade, Ljubjlana and Jihlava.

In addition, Ivancic is the producer of Ognjen Glavonic's feature film The Load, a participant in the Official Section of FICX 56, a project supported by the CNC, Visions Sud Est, the Hubert Bals Fund and Eurimages. He also works as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Art in Belgrade, and is a member of the Selection Committee of the Pardi di domani at the Locarno Festival and director of programming for the Pančevo Film Festival in Serbia.


- Elena López Riera

Elena López Riera (Orihuela, 1982) is a filmmaker and PhD in Audiovisual Communication. She has taught film and comparative literature at the University of Geneva from 2008 to 2013. She has been invited as a researcher to the Sorbonne-Paris III University and as a professor to the Carlos III University in Madrid, the Global Studies Institute in Geneva and the University of Valencia; she has also worked as a curator and film programmer for festivals such as Cinema Jove de Valencia, Sevilla, Belfort or Visions du Réel, the Spanish cultural mission at the UN and Tabakalera Centro de Arte Internacional.

In 2009 he founded the collective of research and audiovisual practices lacasinegra based on experimentation with new image formats with whom he shoots the feature film Pas à Genève (2014). Her short film Pueblo premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and Las visceras experienced its world premiere in the prestigious Pardo di Domani competition at the Locarno Film Festival. It was on this same Swiss stage that she won the Pardino d'oro for the best Swiss short film with her latest work to date, Los que desean, which also won the Best Short Film Award at Vila do Conde.
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2019