Casa das Campás
Álvaro Gago will show the first images of his first feature film, Matria, partially shot in Pontevedra. The filmmaker from Vigo will reflect on the processes of development and materialization of a work inspired by the life of a contemporary anonymous heroine and whose genesis is linked to his award-winning short film.
Álvaro Gago (Vigo, Spain, 1986) studied Communication and Music in Pontevedra (Galicia), Drama in Chicago, and Filmmaking at the London Film School where he graduated in 2013 with the short film Curricán, which earned him Best Director at Curtocircuito. He established himself as a director and editor in London while teaching at the Young Film School and organizing the Galician Film Forum.
In 2017 he directed the 2019 Goya-nominated short film Matria which won him over seventy awards including the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. That year he edited Trote (Xacio Baño), and In Memoriam (Marcos Merino), which premiered at the 2018 Seville European Film Festival picking up ‘Best Spanish Film’ within the New Waves Non-Fiction category.
His follow-up short film, 16 de decembro, premiered at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival. This autumn he shooted his first feature film titled, Matria, produced by Avalon P.C., Matriuska Producciones, and Ringo Media. The project has received support from the ICAA, Agadic, Movistar+, The Screen and CRTVG.