The 58th edition of the Gijón / Xixón International Film Festival kicks off this Friday with the best independent films, which can be seen online until the 28th. The festival chooses to move its programming to the Internet window due to sanitary circumstances, but it does so reinforced with an agreement with Filmin and its own film broadcasting portal called FICX.TV.
The FICX programming this year consolidates the event as one of the Spanish cinematographic encounters that is most strongly committed to independent cinema, supporting works without guaranteed commercial distribution still in our country in 90% of the selection of the different competitive sections.
The festival is inaugurated by Carne Cruda, which celebrates a special program that brings together La Tarabica and Rambal, Rodrigo Cuevas and Pablo und Destruktion, as well as Celia Viada and Ramón Lluís Bande, in “an exercise in memory of Cimavilla the songs that give us goose bumps and the filmmakers that remind us of who we were and why we are like this today. ”
Independent cinema until November 28 and from home
Like many other festivals, in times of pandemic the FICX has chosen to migrate to the online window. The festival director himself, Alejandro Díaz Castaño, stated that it was something that could happen: “since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the FICX has been prepared to guarantee that it could be held in any setting, even the current one, much worse than we all expected ”. But that does not mean that its programming does not bet on the same talent, decidedly independent, as the previous physical editions. Therefore, we highlight a few titles from your selection. It can be seen in its entirety until November 28.
From the Albar Section, which represents the cinema of consolidated filmmakers, we highlight One of these Days, Voices in te Wind, First cow and the surprising documentary Cow mooing among ruins. One of these Days is Bastian Günther’s new feature film, which once again penetrates incisively into the heart of the United States as it did in his acclaimed Houston. It will be available from Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m., to Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m., at Filmin.
Voices in te Wind is Nobuhiro Suwa’s latest feature film, and has been rated by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the hidden gems of the year. It can be seen from Monday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m., to Thursday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. First cow It is the return to the feature film of the great Kelly Reichardt and will be seen from Thursday, November 26 at 8:00 p.m., to Saturday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m. And the documentary Cow mooing among ruins It narrates the years of the Civil War in Asturias through the testimony of Belarmino Tomás, the last legitimate president before the triumph of fascism. It will be available from Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m., to Saturday, November 28 at 7:30 p.m. All in Filmin.
From other sections like Lands in trance we highlight Transoceanic. From Esbilla we rescue Vicente García Riestra, guardian of memory Y La Troisième Guerre. And of Retueyos we recommend Together apart Y Wildland. Not forgetting the special pass of The woman who ranby Hong Sang-soo. You can check the Festival Program downloading the Film Broadcast Program in PDF, and as individual bonuses and prices in Frequent questions.
Much more than cinema
Despite being online, the 58th edition of the FICX Xixón International Film Festival does not renounce the activities, round tables, talks, workshops, master classes and other events that have always characterized the festival. Grouped in the FICX classroom, every day from the 20th to the 28th there will be events open to public participation to overcome the distance imposed by the online celebration due to the health situation. From the full schedule, which you can check here, we highlight the round tables that can be seen on FICX.TV, and that will also be broadcast by elDiario.es.
Saturday 21 at 8:00 p.m. we can see The re-legitimation of comedy, a debate around the idea of contemporary comedy as a genre to claim. The critic Beatriz Martínez of El Periódico is moderated by Ana Katz (The Marziano), Paco León (Carmina or pop) and Javier Ruiz Caldera (Superlopez).
Sunday 22 at 7.15pm in Memory denied the focus will be on the work of those who tirelessly fight against historical amnesia, through cinema. Ramón Lluís Bande (Escoréu, December 24, 1936); Almudena Carracedo (The silence of others) and Carolina Corral (To see you again), moderated by Arantza Margolles, president of the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARMH) of Asturies.
Monday 23 at 7:00 p.m. in Cinema as an exercise in ghosts we will speak of cinema as an invocation of presences to which memory was denied or even of cinema as an exorcism of oblivion. Moderated by Diana Toucedo and Pilar Monsell (A revolt without images), Celia Viada Caso (Water street), Fon Cortizo (9 Leaks).
Tuesday 24 at 6.30 p.m. in The right to representation, we will talk about the need for there to be a first-person cinema when it comes to portraying certain realities and communities. They will debate César González (Cage Rain), Pedro Sara and Cristina Luna (Love without a city), Diego Mondaca (Chaco), and will be moderated by Laura García Higueras from elDiario.es and Vertele.
And on Wednesday 25 at 6:30 p.m. in In the end, even in the midst of the collapse of civilization, we still need to think, debate and write about cinema, will talk about books, cinema and the need to continue reflecting on art. Pedro Vallín (I shit on Godard!, Arpa Editores), Jaime Pena (The cinema after Auschwitz, Ed. Cátedra) and Desirée de Fez (Scream Queen, Blackie Books) and Fernanda Solórzano (Mysteries of the dark room, Ed. Taurus).