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Six directors and an actress will participate in the meetings with the public programmed in the FICX's youngest section.

The Festival's didactic programme has assembled more than 185,000 alumni from Asturias, Galicia, León and Cantabria throughout its history.

The twentieth edition of Enfants Terribles will offer FICX's youngest public thirteen international productions, one of them outside of competition, far from Hollywood's shadow, to enjoy and reflect about it and debate in the classrooms. Thirteen titles of the newest cinema being made in France, Ireland, Germany or Canada, and will be watched in Spain for the first time. A carefully selection of films made for children and teenagers, the real main characters of this section, a direct heritage of the original spirit of Gijón/Xixón International FilmFestival and one of its identity signatures.

The Festival's youngest programme has been an essential for the education community in Asturias and adjacent regions for almost two decades, as the more than 185,000 students who have attended our cinema rooms during its previous nineteen editions can attest.

The Enfants Terribles competition will see titles presented, and sometimes awarded, in festivals like Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, London, Annecy or Giffoni. Animation masters like the veteran Michel Ocelot, winner of the Enfants Terribles in 1999 with Kirikú y la bruja; Arthur de Pins or the Oscar nominated Jan Lachauer and Jakob Schuh, will be in the competition next to the first works of Chad Chenouga, Darren Thornton or Nila Núñez. One of the most outstanding contents will be the European premiere of 100 días de soledad, from Asturian José Díaz. All these films will manage to thrill the audience and show them other worlds, other young characters to accompany and to learn from them, managing to entertain without ignoring social matters of special relevance.

For the first time, the Enfants Terribles participants will not only choose the winning films, but they will also programme and present one of the films. On this edition, De toutes mes forces is the film selected by four young Asturians who atended the Giffoni Film Festival last July, one of the most important festivals in the world for children and teen audiences, thanks to the agreement established between FICX and the Italian festival. They recommended this film for Gijón's programme after watching it in Giffoni, where it was awarded, and so they have been tasked with presenting it for the first time in our country.

The poster

Enfants Terribles twentieth edition's poster has been made by César Sánchez, author of the one from the 54th edition. Regarding this work, the Asturian illustrator comments: "We wanted to transmit the idea of a young spectator who is unconventional and transgressor. The title of the section itself shows it, and we opted to give the FICX's logo a figuration, transforming it into the head of a perverse teddy bear, and at the same giving the strength of colour, an additional palette of colour-light, since cinema is light, adding to the teddy bear's shape the RGB spectrum, which transmits us all the energy and push of the series, emphasizing it when used over a white background, which is at the same time the result of mixing those colours.

The competition

100 días de soledad (Spain), by José Díaz.The competition's first Asturian film, it makes for an emotive hymn to Nature and life far from modern technology, and it is full of beautiful sceneries. It was recently presented at the Jackson Hole Festival ( U.S.A.).

Lo que dirán (Spain), by Nila Núñez. One of the Spanish representatives in Enfants, who will also participate in Competición Internacional Rellumes. The debut feature from the Spanish director will take us to the daily life of two Moroccan teenagers living in Barcelona, a real slap in the face against our prejudices.

A Date for Mad Mary (Ireland), by DarrenThornton. The Irish director debut feature with a salty flavour regarding the transition towards maturing. It is based on the theatrical work 10 Dates for Mad Mary, from Yasmine Akram, which earned several awards from the critics in Dublin and the Irish television.

Ivan Tsarévitch et la Princesse Changeante (France), by Michel Ocelot. A mishmash of shadows inspired by Russian and oriental lore, resuming the work done in Princes et Princesses (2000) and Les contes de la nuit (2011). Ocelot's new film integrates four traditional tales where all the characters are shadow puppets.

Rabbit School (Germany), by Ute von Münchow-Pohl. The animator of An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) brings a popular tale from Alber Sixtus published 1924 to the big screen, narrating the adventures of a city rabbit in the Rabbit School.

Revolting Rhymes (Great Britain), by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer. The directors, both Oscar nominated for short animations, turn the tales we all know upside-down by Roald Dahl. Out of competition.

Zombillénium (France/Belgium),by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord. One of the most anticipated animation superproductions of the season, based on the comic created by De Pins and presented at Cannes. The films will transport the audience to a mysterious theme park where only real and living monsters work.

Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship (Germany), by TobiasWiemann. Winner inBerlin and Toronto, it follows the steps of an urbanite teenager as she traverses the mountains in Tyrol. As a curiosity, one of the script writers is Natja Brunckhorst, who was the lead character in Christiane F - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, the most profitable film in the history of German cinema.

Weirdos(Canada), by BruceMcDonald. A road movie in black and white throughout Canada in the 70s, with two teenagers looking for a change and a ghost Andy Warhol as an animal spirit. Written by veteran playwriter Daniel MacIvor ( In on It) and presented in the last edition of the Berlinale.

Sur quel pieddanser (France), by Paul Calori and Kostia Testut. A musical comedy as reivindicative as it is colourful, with Pauline Etienne (La religieuse,Eden) in the lead.

PorcupineLake (Canada), by Ingrid Veninger. A film narrating a beautiful story of friendship and summer love, the ones that change your life forever. Presented in Toronto's latest festival.

De toutes mes forces (France), by Chad Chenouga. Both the film and the homonymous play tell the story of a momentin the life of the director. This film was awarded in the Giffoni festival and has been scheduled by members of Gijón's jury who attended the Italian contest.

El libro de Lila(Colombia/Uruguay), by Marcela Rincón.TheCali director's debute feature, it shows a character outside of its book who need the help from a kid who used to read it. A chant to the love for books and the value of friendship.

Meetings with the director

Teatro de la Laboral, TeatroJovellanos and Gijón Sur Integrated Municipal Centre Hill host the meetingswith the directors from the Enfants Terribles movies, an essential date for the Festival's youngest spectators where questions about cinema and the movies themselves are shown. Its goal is to promote an exchange of opinions to develop the young ones critical sense. So far the following directors have confirmed their assistance: José Díaz (100 días desoledad), Nila Núñez (Lo que dirán), Ute von Münchow-Pohl (Rabbit School), Jakob Schuh (Revolting Rhymes), ChadChenouga (De toutes mes forces) and Kostia Testut (Sur quel pied danser),who will be joined by the actress Seána Kerslake (A date for Mad Mary).

Didactic guide

Once again, the FICX is making available didactic guides for all the participating centres with more information about the films shown, key questions to work in class, as well as a proposal of complementary activities. These guides will be available digitally on the festival's website, and will also be sent to the schools by email.

This tool's goal is for participants to learn to "read" cinema, become familiarized with a small approach to audiovisual language, as well as promoting the seventh art as a teaching tool.

Jobs in cinema

This year, again, the alumni will have the opportunity to discover different professional profiles that make up a film production thanks to the initiative and collaboration of the Departamento de Juventud from FMCEYUP and Conseyu de la Mocedá de Xixón.


FICX is beginning a new collaboration with Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival on its activities of audiovisual alphabetization. Two workshops will be taught: Virtual light table and Sound Design.

Virtual Light Tableis a workshop offering alumni the possibility to work with a digital app that simulates a light table characteristics: it transforms the screen in a white canvas where participants can use brushes to drawn a scene from an animation film.

At the Sound Design workshop,participants will have access to short films made in the dawn of cinema as well as to sound libraries. By using an app, they will be able to create the soundtrack for the selected short films.

Thanks to Conseyu de la Mocedá delPrincipáu d'Asturies and Conseyu de la Mocedá de Xixón support, the FICX will make available ten computers for the alumni, facilitated by Mar de Niebla. The rights to use the applications, propierty of Clermont-Ferrand, have been ceded free of charge.

EN-CAJA-DOS.This workshop was conceived as an original proposal from the alumni of 2º ESO from Colegio La Corolla after the 2016 screen of the animation short film Si no soy no puedo ser, made by Mario Torrecillas. This film was the result of a workshop given in Greece by the director, where 24 Syrian and Kurdish children participated, and tells through their voices the horror of war and the experiences lived during their stay in refugee camps.Torrecillas himself will teach the workshop.

The Enfants Terribles section of the Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival (November 17-25) is organized by Gijón City Council through Divertia S.A. and co-produced by Laboral Ciduad de la Cultura. It is sponsored by Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales del Ministerio de Cultura,the Principality of Asturias Government and El Comercio. The collaborating entities are: Liberbank, Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand, Conseyude la Mocedá del Principáu d'Asturies, Conseyu de la Mocedá de Xixón, Conseyería d'Educación y Cultura, Concejalía de Juventud, Abierto hasta el Amanecer, Concejalía de Servicios Sociales, Fundación Mar de Niebla and Concejalía de Educación y Cultura.

Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2017