Gijon Celebrates 35 Years with Diverse Line-Up
by Aaron Krach
For the first time in it's 35 year history The Gijon International Film
Festival will award cash prizes totaling 4 million Pesetas in addition to
the Jury Prizes. Twelve features and twelve shorts will compete in the
official competition from November 21-28. Included in the competition;
Carine Adler's "Under The Skin", Harmony Korine's "Gummo", Chinese director
Fruit Chan's "Made in Hong Kong", Britain's "Bent", directed by Sean Matthias
and "the Italian Clerks," "Crescerano I Carciofi A Momongo" by Fulvio
Also during the fest, will be a tribute to Richard Fleischer; "Compulsion"
(1950), "2000 Leagues Under The Sea" (1954) and "Fantastic Voyage" (1966). For
the second year, Gijon will include a program of "Radical Films", from
"kinky pix to just weird forms of telling stories." Films in the series
include Ela Troyano's "Latin Boys Go To Hell", Kirby Dick's "Sick: The Life And Death Of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist", a Dutch "rave" film called
"Wasted" and several shorts. There will also be a series focusing on music
videos, working class themes and children's films.
An exhibition titled, "Graphic Design in Recent Spanish Cinema" will be
held in conjunction with the festival. Held in the Antiguo Instituto, will
be examples of "total design applied for the release of films, from posters
to pins, pressbooks or credits." Artists confirmed are: Alfonso Martinez
Laviano, Juan Gatti and Art Mana.