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(Votes count 73)

(Rating average 3,01)

ndp el trabajo
- Xavier Dolan, Lynn Shelton, Andreas Horvath, Werner Herzog, Shannon Murphy, Harmony Korine and Nanni Moretti among the protagonists of the 57th edition

- Asturian cinema will once again be in competition with the debut in feature films of Elisa Cepedal

The Official Feature Films Section of the Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival will feature modern classics, fiction and non-fiction, comedy, drama, tragicomedy, (auto)biographies, political cinema and even a road movie (on foot) and will welcome prestigious filmmakers along with new voices destined to be protagonists of the international audiovisual in the coming decades.

Preview of the Official Feature Films Section:

- Sword of Trust (Lynn Shelton, USA 2019). American director Lynn Shelton returns to Xixon a decade after presenting Humpday in the Official Section. Her new film traces a parable about the state of affairs in Trump's America. A farce in which fake news, urban legends turned into pseudoscience or racial prejudices have a place. Starring the American comedian Marc Maron (star of GLOW and great supporting actor in Joker), who has already confirmed his presence in Gijón with Shelton. Spanish premiere.

- Babyteeth (Shannon Murphy, Australia 2019). The overwhelming force of his performance led Toby Wallace (The Society) to win the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the last Venice Film Festival. Wallace plays Moses, a boy who will enter like a hurricane in the life of the adolescent Milla (Eliza Scanlen from Sharp Objects), revolutionizing her and her whole family. Australian director Shannon Murphy's debut feature combines the best tradition of Anglo indie cinema and is capable of alternating drama and comedy with a mature narrative that is as surprising as it is exciting. Spanish premiere.

- El trabajo, o a quién le pertenece el mundo (Elisa Cepedal, Spain, 2019). The Asturian director, to whom FICX already dedicated a focus in 2017, debuts in feature films with this non-fiction piece in which, following in the footsteps of the great names of avant-garde cinema, she builds an analytical, profound and exciting journey through the very streets of the mining basin in which she grew up. Worker mobilizations, defeat by established powers or the abandonment of a traditional lifestyle are the milestones of a work shot in photochemical format that puts the past and present of Asturias into perspective. World Premiere.

- Matthias & Maxime (Xavier Dolan, Canada 2019). One of the enfants terrible of today's cinema returns to his French-speaking culture with a work of maturity in which he invokes the spirit of Fassbinder or Almodóvar. Faithful to his personal and unmistakable style, capable of sublimating the language of new technologies, the filmmaker from Quebec tells us a story, straddling drama and comedy, about two friends in their twenties who try to define their relationship while facing their newly discovered sexual identity. A film that, like all of its author's films, exudes sensitivity and vitality. Spanish premiere.

- Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (Werner Herzog, United Kingdom 2019). If anyone has developed the non-fiction of travel and nature from an author's perspective over the last few decades, that is undoubtedly the German director Werner Herzog. Now, the author of Grizzly Man pays tribute to his friend Bruce Chatwin: unrepentant traveler, novelist and intellectual, author of a modern classic of travel literature (In Patagonia) and the same one who, on his deathbed, gave Herzog his backpack so that he could follow in his footsteps. Spanish premiere. Out of Competition.

- Lillian (Andreas Horvath, Austria 2019). One of the hidden jewels of the Cannes Festival 2019. Austrian director Andreas Horvath's first fiction feature film (based on a real case) takes the form of a road movie in which its protagonist, a young Russian woman who has to walk across the United States to return to her country, will get to know, first hand, the two faces of an America that seems to have left its dream of prosperity far behind. A journey that will also be questioned by a capital fact: Lillian doesn't speak a word of English. Spanish premiere.

- The Beach Bum (Harmony Korine, United States 2019). Harmony Korine has been, over the years, one of the staple directors of FICX. The retrospective that the Festival dedicated to him in 2009 bears witness to this link between the director of Gummo (who also went through Gijón in the 90s) and the city of Gijón. With his latest film, a crazy ode to the most disproportionate hedonism, starring Matthew McConaughey, he continues to dynamite the values of a well-thinking society. A staggering work, visually dazzling, which proves that Korine remains a lonely sniper in the heart of America. Not to be missed are Zac Efron, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence and Jonah Hill. Spanish premiere.

- Santiago, Italia (Nanni Moretti, Italy/France/Chile 2018) On September 11, 1973, the President of the Government of Chile, Salvador Allende, suffered a coup d'état by the high commanders of his country's army supported by a United States eager to end the Chilean road to socialism. Forty-five years after that crime, Italian director Nanni Moretti travels to Chile to tell, as he did in Caro diario or Aprile, in the first person and from his most political perspective, some facts that are barely known or that illuminate those days of betrayal and tragedy. Spanish premiere.

To these seven films, we must add those already announced in the Official: Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa, Blanco en blanco by Théo Court, Les perseides by Alberto Dexeus and Ànnia Gabarró, System Crasher by Nora Fingscheidt and Marona’s Fantastic Tale by Anca Damian.
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2019