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Gijón Film Festival 2015 preview by Rebecca Naughten

Gijon Film Festival 2015 poster The 53rd edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón runs from November 20 to 28 in the city on Spain's north-west coast. An eclectic programme of international cinema in its many forms has been assembled to screen across the nine days, incorporating acclaimed titles alongside hidden gems and local talents.

The festival gives out two career awards. José Sacristán - a revered and much-admired actor of Spanish stage and screen, most recently seen in Magical Girl - will be the recipient of the Nacho Martínez award, which looks to give recognition to significant figures within the Spanish acting community. Sacristán's career spans the dictatorship, Spain's subsequent transition to democracy, and the modern era - he has effectively incarnated, performed and subverted Spain's changing society across more than half a century and is an integral part of both Spanish cinema and how Spain sees itself (through the stories.
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Six of the Best – The Directors: Pedro Almodóvar

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Writer, producer and director Pedro Almodóvar is arguably the most well-known and well-regarded Spanish filmmaker in the country’s colourful history. With eighteen feature films under his belt, and another currently in post-production, Almodovar has gone from strength to strength in his 30-odd year career, creating films that not only entertain, but also educate and captivate.

Whether it’s in his depiction of pain and loss in All About My Mother, the extremes of human passion in The Skin I Live In or sexual abuse in Bad Education, Almodóvar is not only celebrated for constantly breaking trends and subverting societal norms, but also idolised for his courageous determination in encouraging freedom in post-Franco era Spain, particularly in his representation of sexuality and strong female figures.

It’s not all seriousness, however, as many of Almodóvar’s most successful films strike a perfect balance between drama and comedy, with the director using outlandish characters (lesbian divas,
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