43rd Gijón International Film Festival
Spain, November 24 - December 2 2005
Diego Lerer (Argentina), Günter Jekubzik (Germany), Ruth Pombo (Spain)
(Belgium/ France, 2004, 84 mins)
The charming Atlantic seaside city of Gijón, in Northern Spain, is perhaps not as well-known as the Mediterranean side of the country, but is a very attractive location. The fest reached its 43rd edition this year. It has been an excellent reference for independent world cinema since the renewal of its directive team, around 10 years ago. It also had a good selection of American cinema, both North and Latin American, and a lively response from audiences coming from all over the country. The festival is considered the third major Spanish event after San Sebastian and Valladolid. Our first jury awarded the FIPRESCI Prize to Ultranova by Bouli Lanners (Belgium/France, 2004).