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- Twelve of the fourteen feature films in competition are first or second works
- Nourished presence of Spanish cinema: five Spanish films will compete for the prizes, awarded by the FIPRESCI Jury.
At the 57th Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival, the Rellumes International Competition will be younger than ever. In keeping with its tradition of serving as a gateway for emerging filmmakers, this section will bring no less than twelve first or second feature films by their authors, out of a total of fourteen films in competition. The selection thus reflects the enormous strength of the new voices of European and world cinema and the determined personality of this competition, which is already a classic, within all those that make up the FICX.

It wasn't just the desire for formal inventiveness that made the Rellumes International Competition one of the unmissable events of each edition of FICX, we must also highlight the collection of filmmakers who had their first chance here to be known by the Gijonese public. Aaron Katz, Hong Sang-soo, Axelle Ropert, Alexei Balabanov, Eugene Green, Celine Sciamma, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Ariel Rotter, Babak Jalali, Mohammad Rasoulof and Claire Simon are just some that have been part of its outstanding history.

Spanish cinema will be one of the great protagonists of this space, with five films in competition, which will have their absolute premiere in the #57FICX. The remaining nine feature films will also be Spanish premieres. To these we must add Konstantina Kotzamani's medium-length film Electric Swan and Asturian director Diego Llorente's short film Desaparecer, to complete a non-conformist and renovating selection, both in terms of names and in terms of forms of expression and new narratives.

The Rellumes International Competition prizes will be awarded by a jury of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). The FIPRESCI jury for this edition is made up of Bettina Hirsch, film analyst at Screen Magazin and editor-in-chief at Monday Movie Talk by Berliner Alexradio; Thierry Verhoeven, Dutch film critic in media such as Schokend Nieuws and Frameland; and José Luis Losa, founder and director of the Cineuropa Santiago de Compostela Festival and film columnist for newspaper La voz de Galicia.

These are the fourteen feature films that will make up the Rellumes International Competition in its 2019 edition:

  • Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Frank Beauvais, France 2019). A man lives isolated in an Alsatian mountain village. Alone, after the love affair that led him there. His only way out, the continuous viewing of classic films. His cry of despair, his message of shipwreckedness, is shown through these films that he swallows compulsively. Cinema composed of scraps of another cinema, the cinema as salvation and condemnation, as a definitive romantic object. An exceptional document. Spanish premiere prior to its distribution in cinemas by Capricci.

  • As mortes (Cristóbal Arteaga, Spain 2019). The Chilean director premieres his new feature film worldwide after having previously screened in Gijón with Ave o nada and El triste olor de la carne. A powerful story about a crime and its consequences in a remote village in the most unknown Galicia. His visual capacity and narrative richness based on his apparent formal dispossession are the key elements that define the recent work of this young director.

  • Sin techo (Pep Garrido & Xesc Cabot, Spain 2019). The lives of those people discarded by our society and their daily adventure of surviving themselves and others. A tale as true as it is full of compassion, told, moreover, by real protagonists of what it means to try to survive in the naked streets of Barcelona when there is no shelter or barracks. A film that tries to give visibility to those who do not have it, since, as Forugh Farrojzad said: "The world is full of ugliness but there would be even more if humanity looked away”. World premiere.

  • Meseta (Juan Palacios, Spain 2019). Characters lost in a Spain halfway between tradition and modernity. An almost empty land where solitary beings still dream with their eyes open. "A trip of great intensity and surprisingly fun," as defined by the jury of CPH:DOX, one of the most prestigious documentary festivals on our continent, when it was awarded a Special Mention in its last edition. Spanish premiere of the winner of the ZineBi Networking in 2018.

  • Die Kinder der Toten (Kelly Copper & Pavol Liska, Austria 2019). Perhaps the most unique zombie film in history, this film, produced by Ulrich Seidl and based on the novel of the same name by Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek (The Pianist), shook the audience at the Forum section of the Berlin Festival. The resurrection of the ultra-right in Europe, recorded in super-8 format and narrated in a wildly scathing tone, gives background to a story in which there are also Syrian poets in search of a home and old Nazi factories, among many other things. Spanish Premiere.

  • La educación sentimental (Jorge Juárez, España 2019). Halfway between Madrid and Asturias, between the confidence in the fulfillment of dreams and the uncertainty of failure, the protagonist of the film edits a filmed diary where the memories of a film theatre are piled up, the calls we never answer or the lost messages of the people we stop loving. Powerful debut feature by Madrid-born author Jorge Juárez, which will have its world premiere at the 57th edition of FICX.

  • Litigante (Franco Lolli, Colombia/France 2019). One of the emerging figures of the new Colombian cinema, Franco Lolli, reflects on life and death through the story of two women, mother and daughter, who find themselves at opposite times in their existence. This is the second film by the director from Bogota in which he continues to demonstrate his link with the best of French cinema, from Louis Malle to Laurent Cantet. Spanish premiere after inaugurating the Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Enero (Ione Atenea, Spain 2019). The Navarrese filmmaker Ione Atenea debuts in the feature film with this work in which she makes a deep and sincere study of what the transition to old age means from a female perspective, taking as an example her two grandmothers, witnesses of the dictatorship, the transition and contemporary Spain. Two different and equally fascinating women in this portrait that will have its world premiere at Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival.

  • L'apprendistato (Davide Maldi, Italy 2019). One of the great sensations of the Filmmakers of the Present section of the Locarno Festival. The Italian director Davide Maldi approaches his lens to an illustrious hotel school where the young Luca learns the art of serving others. The conflict between the possibility of a future job in a prestigious location, on the one hand, and the loss of adolescence, on the other, is the backbone of a story in which we can all feel reflected. Spanish premiere.

  • Midnight Family (Luke Lorentzen, USA/Mexico 2019). An impressive tour on four wheels through the night streets of one of the largest cities in the world, Mexico City. The vehicle: a private ambulance. The motivation: to be the first to get to accidents to earn enough money to support the family. The limits of naked capitalism in this work premiered with overwhelming success at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Premiere in Spain.

  • Fukuoka (Zhang Lu, South Korea 2019). Many years ago, Jea-moon and Hae-hyo were best friends... just until a woman's love ended that friendship. Now, the two friends are reunited thanks to the intercession of another woman, but is everything as it seems? Master Hong Sang-soo's breath runs through the footage of a film prodigious in very rich dialogues and in time games bordering on how fantastic they make us question the reality of the images we perceive. Spanish premiere.

Together with these eleven proposals, the competitive part of the Rellumes International Competition is made up of the following titles that share a transversal space with the Enfants Terribles section:

  • Daniel fait face, by Marine Atlan (France). One of the most outstanding films in the Berlinale's Generation KPlus Section brings us closer to the life of Daniel, a ten-year-old boy who, for the first time, has to face the arrival of romantic feelings towards Marthe, a schoolmate. Spanish premiere.

  • Port Authority, by Danielle Lessovitz (United States/France). Paul, a 20-year-old newcomer to New York, will have to deal with an uncertain future and certain surprises that he is not prepared to face when he begins a relationship with Wye, a New York underground artist. It is the debut feature of its director, Danielle Lessovitz, who had her world premiere in the Un Certain Regard Section at the Cannes Film Festival. Spanish premiere in collaboration with Xega.

  • Sole, by Carlo Sironi (Italy). Spanish premiere of this film, hard and at the same time sensitive, which presents the consequences of an issue the limelight: surrogacy. Spanish premiere in collaboration with the Ateneo Obrero de Gijón.

Outside the competition you can see Konstantina Kotzamani's medium-length film Electric Swan, a fantastic moral fable that follows the line of renowned Greek filmmakers such as Yorgos Lanthimos or Athina Rachel Tsangari, and the world premiere of the short film Desaparecer, by the Asturian Diego Llorente, one of the most relevant voices of the latest cinema made in Asturias and of which we could already see Entrialgo in the 56th Edition of our Festival.
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2019