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FICX presents nine films of its Official Section

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"CALVARY" by John Michael McDonagh will open the Festival
Hong Sang-soo, honoured last year, will present his latest work "Hill of Freedom".
Gijon International Film Festival has announced about half of the titles of his official section, nine movies that stand out as some of the most acclaimed films in festivals like Berlin, Venice and Cannes. We will find the latest film by Korean director Hong Sang-soo, honoured at last year's FICX, and the Spanish "Fuego" by Luis Marías (Goya for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Mensaka") and starring Jose Coronado and Aida Folch. Alongside the official section, the festival has announced the name of the director this year’s retrospective will be devoted to: Filipino Brillante Mendoza, one of the leading filmmakers of the new generation of Asian directors; the public can enjoy six of his most notable films, shown in major festivals worldwide.

Official section advance

FICX has announced part of its official selection: a combination of the talent of renowned directors with films that have won awards in great international festivals and made by newcomers. Movies like "Party Girl", Golden Camera winner at the last Cannes Film Festival, written and directed by actor Samuel Theis and directors Claire Burger and Marie Amachoukeli, two outstanding short film French filmmakers who debuted doing long features with this project.

"Calvary" is another of the highlights in Gijón. It is the second feature by John Michael McDonagh. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Irish actor who was already part of the director’s first film and who has been nominated three times for Golden Globes and has also taken part in such major worldwide hits as "Harry Potter" or "Troy". "Calvary" has also enjoyed great success at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin and Karlovy Vary. This movie will be the opening film of the festival.

Other remarkable films that can be seen the festival’s 52nd edition are "Life Feels So Good" by Polish director Maciej Peprzyca, award winner in Seattle, Chicago or Montreal; "Les Combattans" by French director Cailley Thomas, winner of the Director's Fortnight at Cannes last year, or "The Cut" by German director Fatih Akin, who won a Goya Award for his "Against the Wall" and was a contestant for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival with this film.

Our next edition will also include old friends of FICX, such as Uruguayan Alvaro Brechner, who took part in the festival with "Mal Día para Pescar ". He will be back with the Spanish-Uruguayan film "Mr. Kaplan," his second movie, of which he is also producer and writer and has been selected to represent Uruguay in the Oscars. "El 5 de talleres" stars familiar face for the audiences in Gijón: Esteban Lamothe, star of "Estudiante" big winner of the festival in 2011. It is the latest film by Argentinean Adrián Biniez, who won the special prize of the jury in Berlin Film Festival and the Horizontes Latinos in San Sebastian Festival with his previous work “Gigante”.

As far as names related to the festival are concerned, we can also find Hong Sang-soo, to whom homage was paid last year with a retrospective of his work and who will take part in the Official Section in 2014 with his latest work, "Hill of Freedom”, after participating in Venice and Toronto.

FICX will also have another Spanish premiere: "Fuego" by Luis Marías, a feature film starring Goya winner, Jose Coronado, and actress Aida Folch ("The Artist and the Model"). Luis Marías, started working in the 80’s as a screenwriter. He is part of the generation of Basque filmmakers that rose in the 80s and 90s. In 1999 he won a Goya for best adapted screenplay for "Mensaka". After making a name for himself as a writer, he started directing with "X" and later also "Gernika bajo las bombas " (TV miniseries) and "Luna Llena " (TV Movie).