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Gijon International Film Festival honours the rough genius of Michael Glawogger


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Whore's Glory
This Austrian filmmaker visits the city to attend the absolute release in Spain of his latest movie Whores' Glory
Gijon International Film Festival pays tribute to one of the most enigmatic and eclectic directors of the contemporary European cinematography: Michael Glawogger (Graz, Austria, 1959). This Austrian filmmaker visits the city to attend the absolute release in Spain of his latest movie Whores' Glory, a non judging sight on prostitution that has been shot in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico, awarded in the Orizzonti Section in Venice.

In his heterodox style (even comparable to Werner Herzog's) we fin diverse projects: from documentaries in which he visits remote places to review extreme subjects, to unclassifiable fictions that show the author's personal understanding of cinematographic genres.

Gijon's audience will have the chance to match for the first time in Spain a season of this habitual collaborator of Ulrich Seidl, that includes his non fiction trilogy placed in sites all around the globe. Megacities (awarded in San Francisco and Vancouver), shows twelve survival stories in America, Europe and Asia. Workingman's Death, Grand Jury Special Prize at 43rd Gijon Film Festival, portraits the presence of extreme hard labour still suffered in all the corners of the planet.

In the retrospective the audience will be able to enjoy his surprising fiction movies. Amongst them Slumming (Berlin's Official Selection and Gijon 2006), tragicomedy about the incidence of chance in the life of a homeless; Kill Daddy Good Night (Das Vaterspiel), in which the autheur explores the Nazi legacy in different countries, including his motherland Austria; or the unclassifiable Contact High, that mixes gangsters, action and humour with references to Quentin Tarantino's movies.

Michael Glawogger
Palabras clave Festival de Cine, 2011, Turismo