• The 2nd Festival of Contemporary Cinema debuts in Asturias eight movies from the best European festivals

    December 05, 2013

    The University and the Town Council of Oviedo present a select schedule of author cinema. The movies will be shown on December 12-15 at the Filarmónica Theater, with free entry until places are completed

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    The 2nd Festival of Contemporary Cinema, organized by the University and the Town Council of Oviedo, will show, starting next week, eight films from the most prestigious film festivals in Europe, which will be shown for the first time in Asturias and which, in many cases, will not reach the commercial circuit. The festival will take place between December 12 and 15 at the Filarmónica Theater of Oviedo, with free access until places are exhausted.

    Both institutions repeat the experience that started last year with a non-competitive festival, born to continue and expand in future years, and which tries to bring the general public closer to the best author cinema. The selection, including two candidates for the Oscars, has been conducted seeking a balance between Spanish movies and other films that have left a mark in international festivals. It is a non-excluding schedule, a sort of "puzzle" that fits together heterogenous movies that continue to amaze. It is a festival that offers to everyone in the public a place of their own.

    The audience will be able to choose among a variety of themes and genres that have been featured in the main European festivals. The Notebook, candidate for the Golden Crystal at the prestigious festival of Karlovy Vary and Hungarian candidate for the Oscar, opens the festival next Thursday, December 12. Other projections include Sacro Cra, Golden Lion in Venice; La Grande Bellezza, Italian representative at the Oscars and most-nominated film of the European Film Awards; Stranger by the Lake, "Giraldillo de Oro" of the Film Festival of Seville, and Best Director for Alain Guiraudie at the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival; Les Salauds/Bastards, which arrives at Oviedo after passing through Cannes and Seville, and Puppy Love, praised at San Sebastián and the Zurich Film Festival.

    The remaining films of the selection include the Spanish La Jungla Interior, by Juan Barrero, "Las Nuevas Olas" award at the European Film Festival of Seville, and Gente en Sitios, directed by Juan Cavestany and with a cast that includes actors such as Maribel Verdú, Santiago Segura, Ernesto Alterio, Tristán Ulloa, Coque Malla and Alberto San Juan.

    Each projection will be a double feature, at 8 PM and 10 PM, on December 12, 13 and 14, and at 7 PM and 10 PM on December 15. This festival is part of the plan of action of the University of Oviedo, faithful to its dedication to University Extension, seeking to bring culture closer to society in collaboration with other institutions. Last year, more than 4,200 spectators attended this festival.