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#55FICX Rellumes: a bet on new cinematographic voices and remarkable proposals from renowned author

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  • Nine proposals out of the fourteen that make up the section, are the first or second films from their authors
  • Equal presence of female filmmakers. 50% of the programming is signed by female directors.

Competición Internacional Rellumes, one the most traditional spaces at the Gijón/Xixón Film Festival, expands and renovates its proposal, doubling the number of films present in the past edition and focusing on a combination of promising new authors ( adding a strong female representation, key works in contemporary non-fiction and other renowned voices with special and vigorous proposals.

France, Greece, the United States, Germany, South Korea, Iran, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Afghanistan, and of course, Spain are the co-producing countries for the works that will be available for the first time in our country at the Competición Internacional Rellumes, which will also have as a shared characteristic its concern by analyzing the social, generational…etc., problems in modern society. Asturian cinema will be represented by Ramón Lluís Bande.

These are the fourteen titles making up Competición Internacional Rellumes:

- A Man of Integrity (Lerd, Mohammad Rasoulof - Iran 2017)

One of theIran’s most important directors of this century, currently retained by his country’s authorities, comes back to Gijón with this fable about power, corruption and injustice in modern Persian society. He acquired the greatly desired Un Certain Regard award at Cannes Festival 2017.

- Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman - USA 2017)

Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival, Beach Rats tells us the story of a young man’s escape from his home inBrooklyn, looking for his own identity and trying to find his place in the world.

- Escoréu, 24 d’Avientu de 1937 (Ramón Lluís Bande - Spain 2017)

Bande presents a feature film where he connects the present with the Christmas Eve of 1937, when two brothers were taken out oftheir home at Escoréu (Pravia) by a falangista. World premiere.

- Good Luck (Ben Russell -Germany, France 2017)

One of the most important documentaries in the Sección Oficial from the past Locarno Festival. American filmmaker Ben Russel films mines located inSerbia andSurinam. A non-fiction tale about hope and sacrifice in the middle of the global economic crisis.

- I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni –United Kingdom,France, Germany 2017)

Following an accident in her Zambian home village, an eight years old girl is accused of witchcraft and sent to a “prison camp for witches”. This concept serves as an excuse for director Rungano Nyoni to launch an allegation about liberty and the breach from traditional norms.

- Lo que dirán (Nila Núñez - Spain 2017)

The debut film for Mila Núñez brings us closer to the day to day of two Muslim teenagers living in Barcelona, and achieves thanks to its warmth and authenticity, break our prejudices. This film is the result of a Master in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentaries from the UAB.

- Manuel (Dario Albertini - Italy 2017)

Debut film from the transalpine director Dario Albertini and one of the most prominent films at the last Venetian Festival. It tell the hard comeback to life for an eighteen years old after abandoning the juvenile facility where he has spent most of his teenage years.

- Nothingwood (Sonia Kronlund -France, Afghanistan 2017)

An opportunity to get to know Salim Shaheen: actor, director and Afghan producer in more than a 100 films. An eccentric filmmaker in the middle of a country desolated by more than thirty years of war. Selected for theEuropeanFilmAcademy Awards.

- Pour le réconfort (Vincent Macaigne - France 2017)

Popular French actor Vincent Macaigne on his directing debut with this feature film. It was without a doubt a hidden gem at the last Cannes Festival, where the director explored the limits of friendship. We can highlight Mauro Herce, the Spanish photography director, for his outstanding work.

- Frost (Serksnas, Sharunas Bartas - Lithuania 2017)

Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas reflects about the conflict betweenUkraine andRussia through the eyes of two volunteer from a NGO takes with mediating in said war. It’sLithuania’s pre-candidate for the Oscars 2018.

- Son of Sofia (Ο γιος της Σοφίας, Elina Psykou - Greece, Bulgaria,France 2017)

Presented at Tribeca FF, the festival backed by Robert de Niro, where it obtained the Best International Film Award, tells the story, with the 2004 Olympic Games as background, of Mischa’s coming age, a boy who arrived in Athens from Russia alongside his mother, Sofia.

- Strange Birds (Drôles d’oiseaux, Élise Girard -France 2017)

Presented at the 2017 Berlinale, it links the improbable couple made by Jean Sorel ( Belle de Jour) and Lolita Chammah ( Isabelle Huppert’s daughter) in an unusual story mixing mystery and romance.

- The First Lap (Cho-Haeng, Kim Dae-hwan – South Korea 2017)

Soo-hyun and Ji-young, a young couple, have been living together for six years inSeoul. A possible pregnancy will force them to contact again the family they have been avoiding for a long time. Best Director Award at Locarno 2017.

- Wild Roses (Dzikie róze, Anna Jadowska - Poland 2017)

A young Polish peasant girl establishes a passionate relationship with a teenager from her village when her husband abandons the family home to go work toNorway. A tale about the patriarchal pressure in today’sPoland that will have its international premiere at #55FICX.

On this reinvigorated Competición Internacional Rellumes, sponsored by Nissan Cyasa ( Official Vehicle for #55FICX), will give two awards: Best Film and ÇBest Director, to the films chosen by a jury made up of members from the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI.

Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2017