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The 48th Huesca International Film Festival presents its entire ONLINE program


The 48th Huesca International Film Festival presents its entire program in an edition that despite the current situation will feature world premieres, exclusive project presentations and more than a hundred short films distributed in its three official competitions and various parallel sections. The central axis will be its 80 short films from 30 different countries that can be seen both online around the world and in person (with limited capacity and relevant sanitary measures) at the Teatro Olimpia. The event will open on June 12 with the international " premiere " of Marcelino, the best clown in the world that the public will be able to enjoy in the drive-in cinema located in the Fairground of Huesca. Among the prominent names that will participate virtually this year are Isabel Coixet (Luis Buñuel Prize), Anna Castillo (Ciudad de Huesca Carlos Saura Prize), the Bergman Chair (Pepe Escriche Prize ) or Carlos Saura; Likewise, the film director Gaizka Urresti will exclusively present his next documentary dedicated to the figure of José Antonio Labordeta and the director Pilar Palomero will be the protagonist of one of the virtual meetings to talk about one of the films of the year, the feature film selected in the Berlinale Girls . “It is an edition for which we have worked very hard, a task carried out out of deep respect for the weight and history of the festival, as well as maintaining commitment to its audience and the film industry (…) a solid, committed program that it reflects the current moment of the short film in all its edges ”says its director, Rubén Moreno. 


The Huesca International Film Festival presents the entire program of what will be its 48th edition. The appointment that has already announced its adaptation to current circumstances has kept its original dates from June 12 to 20. The capital of Aragón will once again be the international focus of the short film with more than a hundred works divided into its three official competitions (International, Ibero-American and Documentary) and various parallel sections. A total of 80 productions from 30 different countries will compete for the Danzantes Awards, an award that qualifies directly for the preselection of the Oscar Awards and has the endorsement of the Goya Awards; in addition to distributing more than 25,000 euros in prizes. The contest, which includes 29 world and international premieres, 21 first operas and 15 works from film schools, can be followed from anywhere in the world through its website; Likewise, the 14 sessions (between 13 and 19 at 17 and 20 hours) plus the projection of the prize list on June 20 (17 hours) can be enjoyed in person at the Olimpia Theater, in a third of its capacity and always respecting the health measures and social distancing.


One of the important novelties of this edition is the drive-in theater, a proposal that combines open-air cinema on the big screen with the recommended social distancing. The Huesca Fairgrounds (16,000 square meters) will host various screenings that will start on June 12 with the world premiere of Marcelino, the best clown in the world ; a film starring Pepe Viyuela and recounting the life of Marcelino Orbés , a jacetano who became a world star and was a benchmark for names like Charles Chaplin or Buster Keaton . Previously, the short film La chica de la orquesta directed by Isabel Soria and José Manuel Herraiz will be released in Huesca . Both titles make up the session entitled Ventana Aragonesa, sponsored by Aragón TV.


On Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th, the event will pay a special tribute to the figure of the recently deceased director José Luis Cuerda. The iconic Dawn that is not a little and Time later , his latest work and "spiritual sequel" of the first, can be enjoyed in this type of cinema where the vehicle becomes a perfect seat and the audio equipment and radio system, in the best sound system.


The second weekend will have women as the main protagonist. On Friday the 19th it will be the turn of the feature film Invisibles de Gracia Querejeta (2006 Ciudad de Huesca Award); starring Emma Suarez, Adriana Ozores and Nathalie Poza was one of the surprises of the Spanish box office on its first weekend, now the festival premieres in Huesca after seeing its good results cut short by the forced stoppage due to the pandemic. The closing of this drive-in theater will be at the hands of the director Isabel Coixet and her already announced Learning to Drive . Both films are projected in collaboration with the IAM within the framework of the State pact against violence against women.


Complementing the cinematographic offer, the public will also have various parallel sections that they can enjoy online and for free. Some of them are already traditional in previous editions, such as Ventana Aragonesa in its online version (with the premiere of two short films added to the face-to-face part of the opening day), Zinentiendo or the premiere of the latest audiovisual work at the Universidad San Jorge. Among the new collaborations, the projection of the record of the Cuarentena Film Festival (audiovisual reflection of a specific social moment), or a selection of some of the most relevant Mexican short films, in collaboration with the Pepe Escriche Prize that this year receives the Bergman Chair of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.




On weeknight nights of the festival (June 15, 16, 17 and 18) there will be a special program, exclusive appointments called "The ( cyber ) evenings of the Festival." Original pieces that can be seen every day within the contest and through the festival's official website. Three of them are talks-interviews with the awards-tributes of this edition; the Chair Bergman, Anna Castillo, Carlos Saura or Isabel Coixet will review their trajectory, their projects and also the virtual delivery of the award will take place. The culmination of this proposal will come on Thursday June 18 with the world premiere of the video-essay with the work of the Spanish painter, sculptor and artist Cesar Manrique as the protagonist. The work On the volcano. Manrique: Jameos del agua / Casa Tahíche del oscense Orencio Boix will be available only for two hours after his presentation at 10pm. The premiere has been possible thanks to the collaboration of the CDAN in Huesca, the Cesar Manrique Foundation and the International Film Festival.




The traditional “Vermouth with…” that each year bring together a large number of people around the incomparable setting of the “La Confianza” grocery to share a discussion with some of the most prominent guests of the contest, adapt this 2020 to an online format through direct by the official account of the festival on Instagram (@ FestivalHuesca ) and will open a window to the best cinema, with an Aragonese flavor, which is to come in the coming months, where the public will be able to participate directly with their questions and comments .


The first date will be on Monday, June 15 (13h) when the Goya-winning filmmaker Gaizka Urresti will exclusively present the project Un hombre sin más co-directed with Paula Labordeta. A documentary work about José Antonio Labordeta, the charismatic and beloved singer-songwriter, writer and Aragonese politician, from whom we will know his most intimate and personal side thanks to a vital journey by the hand of his wife, daughters and granddaughters.


On Wednesday the 17th it will be the turn for the Aragonese filmmaker Martín Gutiérrez. Director of the film in process Amateur , a work that received recognition from Málaga Work In Progress 2020 and that proposes a gesture of love and justice towards his home, Valle de Hecho.


The last of the "virtual vermouths" will have a marked violet color thanks to the collaboration of the Aragonese Institute for Women (IAM) and will be on Friday 19, with Pilar Palomero as the protagonist. This zaragozana is one of the Spanish directors with the greatest projection and her first film Las chicas was selected at the last Berlinale . The director will talk about the filming, her link to the Huesca event and her plans for the commercial premiere of the film in the fall.




The prize list of the 48th edition will be revealed on June 20, the last day of the contest, and will be the result of the deliberation of the nine members who make up the jury of the official section. The international contest will feature the Mexican director and screenwriter Celso García, author of the multi-award-winning play The Thin Yellow Line (produced by Guillermo del Toro) and who last year became one of the highest grossing filmmakers in his country with the remake of My best friend's wedding ; Along with him, the Italian Claudia Praolini , director of the Concorto festival and the Galician Chelo Loureiro , one of the most outstanding producers in our country, especially in the animation sector, winner of a Goya Award, in addition to having been nominated in other six times.


The Ibero-American contest will have three other members: Alba Paz, director of the Cinespaña festival in Toulouse; Itziar Miranda, Aragonese actress and writer very popular thanks to her role in Amar es para siempre or more recently in the series El Último Show ; and Nacho Rubio, interpreter and director from Teruel who has participated in multiple films such as Los Futbolísimos , Bendita Calamidad and the short film El Vagabundo for which he won the Simón Award for Best Actor.


Finally, the documentary jury will be made up of Marina Diaz, film and audiovisual technician at the Instituto Cervantes; Brazilian director Sergio Oksman , winner of a Goya award among more than one hundred other international recognitions; and the Polish Witold Kon , director of the World Independent Short Film Awards.




The Huesca International Film Festival maintains, this year more necessary than ever, its social commitment making use of its main tool, culture. Classic dates such as “Older to the festival” maintain their format, avoiding any kind of personal contact with centers for the elderly and people with disabilities, but offering a series of Spanish short films that can serve as a stimulus and entertainment for all residents. The activity "Children at the festival" is reformulated as online and continues with its audiovisual literacy work in a fun and participatory way, it will be through a closed session for Primary Education students.


Other sectors that you want to support from the Alto Aragonese event is commerce, so collaboration is maintained in the showcase competition organized by the Association of Business Entrepreneurs of Huesca and Diario del Altoaragón . Under the slogan "Nothing is what it seems" and with the seventh art as a common thread, this competition redoubles its effort and will distribute various prizes valued at a total amount of 4,000 euros.


Along with all this, a novelty, the "Solidarity Festival". A collection of food in collaboration with the Peña Guara Club for the Food Bank that will take place in the physical venues that this edition has the contest (Teatro Olimpia and the drive-in theater). Likewise, the collaboration with CADIS is renewed through the Diversary Festival and the team of the same will make protection masks for all the workers of the Alto Aragonese film event.


All events are free except the entrances to autocine sessions that are already on sale through the web: www.huesca- . As well as one hour before the start of the sessions, 21 hours, although the festival recommends online acquisition.





The Huesca International Film Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Government of Aragon, the Huesca Provincial Council, the Huesca City Council, the Anselmo Pie Foundation and with the collaboration of Obra Social "la Caixa ", TUHUESCA and the Aragonese Institute of the woman. The Festival also has the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC / E) through its Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE).

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