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BEAUTIFUL YOUTH BY JAIME ROSALES

By Rebecca Naughten

Ostensibly a social realist drama, Beautiful Youth follows Natalia (an impressive performance by Ingrid García Jonsson) and Carlos (Carlos Rodríguez), two working class twenty-somethings each living with their respective mothers and caught up in Spain’s economic crisis with little hope of employment or future security. Natalia’s pregnancy becomes the central focus of the narrative as the demands of familial responsibility impact on the pair differently and push the couple to breaking point.

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Film Festival Reports

GIJÓN 2015: CRITICAL CONVERGENCES

By Rebecca Naughten

Following a successful 1st edition in 2014, Convergencias (Convergences) – a section consisting of films proposed by critics – returned for the 53rd Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón, this time expanding its call for proposals to encompass critics from across Europe (which is how I came to take part).

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GIJÓN 2015: EXPERIMENTAL, AN OVERVIEW

By Rebecca Naughten

Across nine days in November, in the port city in north west Spain, the 53rd Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón screened more than 250 films. I was in Gijón to participate in ‘Convergencias’, a section of the festival programme with films chosen by critics – a set of films that will be the subject of a separate report – so I based my schedule around the screenings for that section but also those films that I might not get the opportunity to see elsewhere.

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desistfilm: online film journal Directors: Mónica Delgado / José Sarmiento Hinojosa (Peru) Editorial Committee:  Nicole Brenez (France), Stephen Broomer (Canada), Antoni Pinent (Spain). Founding Committee: Therese Grisham

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