Thursday, December 8

Galician filmmaker César Souto wins the award for best Spanish film at the Gijón Festival

The movie A Foreign Songby the Galician filmmaker César Souto Vilanova, has been awarded this Saturday with the prize for the best Spanish film at the Gijón Film Festival (FICX), one of the most prestigious festivals in Spain, which this year celebrates its 60th edition.

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Souto has also won the RC Service award for the director of the best Spanish film, awarded by a jury made up of the programmer and director of the D’A Festival in Barcelona Carlos Rodríguez Ríos, the film critic Rosana G. Alonso and the director , critic and writer Javier Tolentino.

A Foreign song, is a documentary filmed in New York, which focuses on the figure of the American modernist poet Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), one of the most important poets in the English language of the 20th century, who received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1955. Stevens He combined his facet as a poet with his bland and vulgar life as a clerk in an insurance company for forty years of his life. “Although initially it may not arouse interest, there is a background story that is the figure of the common individual who goes from home to work every day,” explained César Souto on the official FICX channel.

The Galician filmmaker, also a poet and TVG journalist, indicated that he makes his films trying to “widen the margins of the visual experience”, something he tried in this new work, produced by Matriuska films and with the direction of photography by Alberte Branco .

Previously, Souto had co-signed with the filmmaker Luis Avilés the documentary The drowned days (2015), an exciting story about the construction of the Lindoso reservoir, between Ourense and Portugal, which in 1992 flooded several villages and whose inhabitants could not save their homes or land. The film won the Mestre Mateo Award for best documentary and was selected at numerous festivals.

Galician production is also on the list of winners at the Gijón Festival or open body, directed by the Asturian based in A Coruña, Ángeles Huerta, who won the RTPA Award for the best Asturian feature film. It is the first fiction film directed by Huerta, who had previously made the documentary Esquece Monelos. The film, which the author describes as “folk horror”, is inspired by a story by Xosé Luis Méndez Ferrín, and will hit theaters on December 9.

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