Selected by Variety in 2019 as a Spanish talent to track and by Screen International in 2021 as a Star of Tomorrow, Álvaro Gago (Vigo, Spain) studied Communication and Music in Pontevedra, Drama in Chicago and Filmmaking at the London Film School, where he graduated with distinction in 2013 with the short film Curricán. In London, he established himself as a director and editor 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’s debut film, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival and its Spanish premiere at the 2018 San Sebastián Film Festival. That same year, he edited In Memoriam, Marcos Merino’s sophomore film, which premiere 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 and was also nominated for the 2020 Goya Awards.
His first feature film, titled Matria, like the short, is currently in postproduction and is produced by Avalon P.C. (Summer 1993), Elástica Films (Alcarrás), Matriuska Produccións (The High Pressures) and Ringo Media. The project, which took part in the last edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, has been developed at the Toronto Int. Film Festival, La Incubadora and the MFI Script Lab; it has received support from the ICAA, Agadic, Movistar+, The Screen and CRTVG and will be distributed by Avalon D.A with New Europe Film Sales handling the international sales.
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