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The 55FICX will give its three special awards during the inauguration and closing ceremonies.
Verónica Forqué, Nacho Martínez Award 2017

The prestigious Nacho Martínez Cinematography Award has Verónica Forqué's (Madrid, 1955) name on it this year. The Madrilenian actress, with 46 years in the profession, has dared work in television, cinema and theatre. From a family of artists, Forqué has four Goya awards. She won the first one in 1987 with El de las luces (Fernando Trueba, 1986) for Best Supporting Actress. In 1988, with Moros y Cristianos (Luis García Berlanga, 1987) she wins it again as well as conquering the Goya for Best Leading Actress for La vida alegre (Fernando Colomo, 1987). She acquired the fourth one after playing the naïve, vital and sensitive Kika (Pedro Almodóvar, 1993) for Best Leading Actress.

Her comical facet, between naive and caustic, makes her one of the queens of Spanish comedy. She exploited it very well in films like Sé infiel y no mires con quién (Fernando Trueba, 1985), Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto (Pedro Almodóvar, 1984) or more recently Tenemos que hablar (David Serrano, 2016).

Verónica Forqué will receive the Nacho MArtínez Award during the inauguration ceremony at the FICX, one November 17th. This prize recognizes the human values and the life trajectory of one of the industry's professionals, and ever since its birth in 2002, has served as a tribute to the deceased Asturian actor, one of Forqué's cast companions in Matador (Pedro Almodóvar, 1986). The award consists in a unique sculpture made by Jaime Herrero, and given to the festival altruistically.

Isabel Coixet, Mujer de Cine Award 2017

Producer and director Isabel Coixet (Barcelona 1960) will be recognized during the 55th edition of the Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival with the Mujer de Cine Award. Ever since 2012, FICX and Mujeres de Cine have given this prestigious award to filmmakers who are a generational reference. In Coixet's case, one of the most prominent figures on modern auteur cinema direction, and has given voice to women through the creation of remarkable and unforgettable female characters, without applying those time-worn and prefabricated tags.

Possessing a thought-provoking and recognizable aesthetic style, which set a precedent inside independent cinema, Isabel Coixet's passion for cinema made her create her own production company and make her films outside of Spain. Cosas que nunca te dije (1996), Mi vida sin mí (2003), La vida secreta de las palabras (2005), Elegy (2008), Mapa de sonidos de Tokio (2009), Aprendiendo a conducir (2014) and Nadie quiere la noche (2015) are some of the prominent feature films.

The Mujer de Cine award, already on its seventh edition, was born thanks to Mujeres de Cine, with the objective of promoting and giving visibility to women's work in the cinematographic industry of our country. Thus, Isabel Coixet joins producers and script-writers like Josefina Molina and Cecilia Bartolomé, designer Ivonne Blake, editor Carmen Frías, agent Katrina Bayonas and actress Mercedes Sampietro, to complete the history of this award.

Whit Stillman, Honors Award 2017

American director Whit Stillman is one of the biggest references regarding the most classic current of American indie cinema. His filmography is made of titles as memorable as Metropolitan (1990), his debute film, nominated to the Oscars in the Best Original Script category, and awarded with six Independent Spirit Awards as well as in Locarno. His next film, Barcelona (1994), narrates a story halfway between comedy and drama, set in the Catalonian capital. Then he'd make another of hist cult films, The Last Days of Disco ( 1998), partly based on the author's personal experiences at Manhattan's mythical Studio 54, with Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale as the main characters. After completing this trilogy, Stillman, whose artistic career contains a literary current, adapted the last of this films to the book format under the title The Last Days of Disco, with Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards (2000). In 2011 he returned to cinema with the hilarious Damsels in distress, featuring Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody, which premiered at Venice Film Festival.

Love and Friendship(2016), which will be projected as a special during the FICX, is his last film to date and premiered at Sundance, being selected in Rotterdam. This fantastic work adapts to the audiovisual format one of the first short novels by British author Jane Austen, with a magnificient cast where he works agains with Sevigny and Beckinsale alongside actors of the caliber of Stephen Fry.

Whit Stillman will receive this well-earned Honors Award during the Inauguration of the 55th edition of Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival, and will take his place as president of the International Jury.

Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2017