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ernesto alterio y javier gutierrez
- Video Blues and La Asfixia complete the competition for Best Spanish Film
The International Film Festival of Gijón/Xixón has revealed today, in the presentation made in Cineteca Matadero in Madrid, new titles of its programming and two of the winners of its 57th Edition. These awards include the names of Ernesto Alterio, who will receive the Nacho Martínez Award, which has been awarded for the last eighteen years as a tribute to the remembered Asturian actor, and Javier Gutiérrez, who will receive the First Isaac del Rivero Award, a new recognition established in this 2019 edition in honour of the creator of the Festival in 1963. The Isaac del Rivero Award will recognise the artistic trajectory of relevant personalities related to Asturias.

Ernesto Alterio's life has been linked to cinema since his birth, as his father, Héctor, is one of the most renowned Argentine actors of the last century. Ernesto made his film debut at the age of twenty-two in Tanguito, the film by Argentine director Marcelo Piñeyro, and since then he has barely stopped working. Renowned directors such as Gonzalo Suárez, Fernando Colomo, Chus Gutiérrez, Carlos Saura and Álex De la Iglesia have counted on him for their films, collaborations that have led him to be nominated twice for the Goya Award, one in the category of Best Newcomer, for Los años bárbaros (Fernando Colomo, 1998) and another in the category of Best Actor for Días de fútbol (David Serrano, 2003). Both reinforce Alterio's nexus with the genre in which he has reaped the most success, comedy. Ernesto was the partner of Nacho Martínez, the actor who gave his name to the award Alterio will receive at 57FICX, in the filming of Mi nombre es sombra, directed by the Asturian Gonzalo Suárez in 1996.

It was in 1963 when D. Isaac del Rivero created the Muestra de Cine para la Infancia y la Juventud, an open window, until then unprecedented in our country, which now, fifty-seven years later, has become the current incarnation of the Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival. In 2019, FICX wanted to establish an award that bears his name, in recognition of an artistic career, and which will be awarded, in this first edition, to the actor Javier Gutiérrez. This man, born in Luanco, began his artistic career dedicating himself fundamentally to the world of theatre, where he received his first recognition thanks to the Max award for Best Male Performance in 2009 for his role in Angelino, servidor de dos amos. In the cinema, his great discovery as a dramatic actor comes with his disturbing role as a policeman of the dark past in La isla mínima (Alberto Rodríguez, 2014), an acclaimed performance that led him to win his Goya, an award that he would repeat three years later when he played a mediocre guy who decides to become a novelist in El autor (Manuel Martín Cuenca, 2017). Gutiérrez's interpretative gifts have led him to be one of the most recognized and recognizable faces in our country.

Finally, together with these two award-winners, the Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival has also made public the two titles that complete the Spanish Competition for Best Feature Film. They are Video Blues, by Emma Tusell (Official Section, Out of Competition), a sensitive investigation, in the first person, on the links between the memories and the images we treasure of them; and La Asfixia (Esbilla), another research process in this case related to the Guatemalan genocide and which also concerns, personally, its director, Ana Isabel Bustamante.
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2019