Roberto F. Canuto

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Roberto F. Canuto
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Roberto Fernandez Canuto

(1973-04-13) April 13, 1973 (age 45)
Gijon, Asturias, Spain
ResidenceChengdu, Sichuan, China
Education- CCII at Complutense University of Madrid
- MFA at NYFA - Los Angeles MFA
OccupationFilm director, filmmaker, screenwriter
Years active2009–present
Notable work

Roberto Fernandez Canuto (born April 13, 1973 in Gijon)[1][2] is a Spanish film director and screenwriter. He belongs to a new generation of filmmakers from Spain with learning or working experiences internationally and with multicultural influences. Roberto F. Canuto is one of the first European directors to establish stable collaborations within the Chinese industry.[3] Since 2010 he co-directs all his films with the Chinese director Xu Xiaoxi and together open a film production company in China, Almost Red Productions.[4][5]

Even still at an early stage of his career, Roberto obtains international recognition as all his films have been selected and awarded in many international film festivals. Due to the themes treated and the distinct style of his films, Roberto F. Canuto is considered in some circles as a promise and a director to follow.[6]


Roberto F. Canuto was born in Asturias, Spain. Since an early age he was curious for moviemaking. He remembered to watch The Jungle Book at a movie theatre when he was only 5 and question his family about the process of making a movie. During his childhood he starts music studies and obtains degrees in Piano, Harmony and other relates subjects at the "Royal Conservatory of Music of Asturias" (Spain) and he joins a short curse on acting at the "Superior Dramatic Art School of Asturias" in 1989. It is during these years when he discovers independent films from US and authors from Europe and, according to the director: "that was probably the moment when I decided that my dream was to follow my storytelling passion".[7]

He studies Arts in Audiovisual Communication at Madrid's Complutense University and in 1998 he obtains a bachelor's degree (Licenciate) specializing in Filmmaking. During his years of study he collaborates as a film critic in different media and classic directors influence him after he attended frequent sessions at the Spanish Cinematheque. Also, he organizes film seminars at the cinema room of his Hall of Residence "Empresa Pública", but his first attempts to direct shorts were frustrated.[8]

A short trip to London (UK) to visit a close friend became an adventure that expand for over 8 years, working in fields, far away from filmmaking (from Chef to representative of companies as Prada or Calvin Klein). Frustrated with his life style and having a job that focus only in monetary gain, he decided to give up everything, travel to Los Angeles (CA) and enrol in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, Universal Studios (Hollywood), that allow him to be in contact with filmmaking again. He graduated in 2009 with the feature film "Desire Street".[9]

Roberto F. Canuto in the shooting of Desire Street

From 2008 his film career starts developing, directing some films that achieved great reactions in the festival circuit, including awards, and most of them created with his usual collaborator, Xu Xiaoxi. During the two years of study in US, Roberto directs over 14 short films in celluloid and digital formats and collaborates in more than other 20 shorts covering different crew member positions, from Cinematographer to Script Supervisor, allowing him to know the profession inside out. His two graduation projects became the most successful films, "Toto Forever" (Year One graduation) and the feature "Desire Street'", co-directed with Xu Xiaoxi (Master graduation). Both projects received "Best Film" awards. "Desire Street" at "Asturian Film Festival 2014" and "Special Mention" for "Best International Feature" at "Mix Mexico International Film Festival 2011" and "Toto Forever" at "LesgaycinePTY, International Film Festival of Panama", together with other awards, nominations and special screenings.

During the years of study in Los Angeles, the directors start the collaboration with the composer Andrea Centazzo, Italy's top orchestral percussionist. An artist known for his ability to "synthesize Oriental percussive vibration with timbales understanding of Contemporary Music and the soul of jazz and rock."[10] Andrea Centazzo composed the scores for all their films since then: Mei Mei (2009), Toto Forever (2010), Desire Street (2011) and Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal (2013).

In 2011 Roberto decides to travel to China and start a film career there, combining the western and eastern culture in his work. Together with Xu Xiaoxi founded officially their own production company, Almost Red Productions, where they alternate the fiction narrative projects with commercial/advertisement works.

Directors Roberto F. Canuto and Xu Xiaoxi with main actors of Ni Jing, Xia Ruihong and Wan Yinhui

In 2013 released the Chinese-Spanish production short film "Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal", film that obtained awards for Best Film (Riverside Saginaw International Film Festival, Michigan, USA), Best Actress Sherry Xia Ruihong and Runner up Short (Asturian Film Festival, Spain) together with other nominations, like the GAVA awards for "Best Short" and "Best Screenplay".[11]

Almost Red Productions collaborates with some organizations, like "Concentric Circles ", a non-profit company that aim to improve the health system in poor Rural Areas of China.[12]

In August 2014 the Contemporary Art Museum A4 in Chengdu (Sichuan), one of the most prestigious museums in China. organised an exhibition titled ID/EGO, dedicated to the filmmakers Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi, that included a showcase of pictures and objects used during their shootings and the presentation in China of Desire Street and their latest short film Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal (2013). The exhibition had a very positive reactions and a very good turnout in all the projections. Due to the success, the exhibition was extended for further weeks.[13]

In 2015 present the film Floating Melon and introduced the project as the second part the trilogy, "Invisible Chengdu", that will include Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal (2013), Floating Melon (2015) and Sunken Plum (a new productions to be presented in 2017).

Floating Melon was shoot in Chengdu (China) with non professional actors. The film premiered in Spain at the 53rd FICXIXON, Gijón International Film Festival in November 2015 and in China at the Art Gallery Shujingtang Alley Art Space in Chengdu (Sichuan) in June 2016. It received an Audience Award at the 15th Aviles Acción Film Festival (Spain)[14] and the Audience Choice Award and Best Cinematography Award (Guo Yong) at the III Asturian Film Festival of Proaza 2016 (Spain).[15] In the first 12 months after the release it has been presented in over 40 international film festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.[16]

Picture of the film Advent (film)

The following year, in 2016, Roberto F. Canuto directs his first film in Spain, in Asturias (his hometown), using the language of the region, the Asturian language, titled Advent (Ad-vientu), a psychological mystery drama film. The world premiere of Advent took place at the 54th Gijón International Film Festival on the 25 of November 2016 and the film obtained the Audience Award Dia D'Asturies for Best Short Film.[17]

His new film, Sunken Plum, will be released in 2017. It completes the trilogy "Invisible Chengdu". It is a melodramatic comedy with touches of mystery and social realism (with a mix genre typical of the directors). The film uses non professional actors and the filming took place in Sichuan (China), mainly in Chengdu City Center, the lake "Bai Ta" and a remote village in the mountains of Sichuan, "Nan Bu".[18]

Roberto lives between his working place in Chengdu (China) and his hometown in Asturias (Spain).


Roberto F. Canuto, while attending the Master of Fine Arts at NYFA, directs many shorts as "Me Inside Me", "Lila" or "Our Sweet New Home", but most of them remain unreleased. His graduation films, the short "Toto Forever" and the feature "Desire Street" (co-directed with Xu Xiaoxi), are the works that bring more attention, awards and international recognition. In China, produced by Almost Red Productions, he co-directs with Xu Xiaoxi in 2013, "Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal" that attracts media attention, with press interviews and TV coverage. They release in 2015 "Floating Melon" and englobe both films, together with their new film "Sunken Plum" in a trilogy that they call Invisible Chengdu. Back in Spain, in 2016 he release Advent (Ad-vientu), spoken in Asturian language.

"Invisible Chengdu" trilogy (2017)[edit]

Invisible Chengdu (aka El Chengdu Invisible (Spanish)) is a Roberto F. Canuto and Xu Xiaoxi trilogy of short films filmed in Sichuan (China) and using the local language of the region, the Sichuanese Mandarin. This set of films reflects the underground scene of Chengdu. It includes "Sunken Plum" (2017), "Floating Melon" (2013) and "Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal" (2013). The trilogy tell stories about people normally segregated and that have to survive in the shadows of the Chinese society, that is against diversity and individuality.[19]

Sunken Plum (2017)[edit]

Sunken Plum (Original Chinese: 沉李; pinyin: Chen Li; literally: "sunken plum") is Roberto F. Canuto and Xu Xiaoxi's latest short film, to be released in 2017. Produced by "Almost Red Productions" (China) in association with "Arkadin Ediciones" (Spain). It is a melodramatic comedy with mystery elements and tells the story of a transgender woman who works in a nightclub in Chengdu. Unexpectedly, she gets a visit from her cousin who tells her that her mother (whom she didn't sees for a long time) is deceased. As the only son, she feels obligated to return to her birthplace, but can not appear as a woman in front of her family.[20]

The film uses non professional actors and it was partially produced with a Crowdfunding project. The filming process took place in October 2016 and the postproduction is expected to be completed in Spring/Summer 2017.

Advent (Ad-vientu) (2016)[edit]

English poster of Advent

Advent (Original asturian Ad-vientu; Chinese: 等候; pinyin: Deng Hou; literally: "waiting") is a 2016 Spanish and Chinese co-production psychological drama film, written and directed by Roberto F. Canuto and Xu Xiaoxi. It is the first movie of the directors filmed in Spain.[21]

The film is spoken in a local language, the asturian language (something unusual in the Spanish cinema). It was shoot in Asturias, with locations in the medieval center of the city of Avilés, the historical Cemetery La Carriona and some beaches and walkways of Carreño, mainly in Perlora and Xivares.

Advent is a psychological mystery drama film that tells the story of Suso, a dazed young unemployed man that tries to discover the identity of an unusual girl, who he spies on a secluded beach, as she reminds him of his dead mother. She runs throwing herselfoff a cliff, but it will not be the last time that she crosses his path. The main character is performed by David Soto Giganto, an actor from the "Youth National Company of Classic Theater" and in the rest of the cast we find actors mainly from the "Dramatic Art Academy of Asturias", like Ici Díaz, o Beatriz Meré, together with other experienced actors as Lidia Méndez o David Blanka.[22]

The world premiere of Advent took place at the 54th Gijón International Film Festival on the 25 of November 2016 and the film obtained the Audience Award Dia D'Asturies for Best Short Film. It will start the international festival circuit in 2017.[17]

Floating Melon (2015)[edit]

English poster of Floating Melon

Floating Melon (Original Chinese: 浮果; pinyin: Fu Guo; literally: "floating fruit"; Spanish title Sandía amarga) is a 2015 Spanish and Chinese co-production drama film written and directed by Roberto F. Canuto and Xu Xiaoxi. It is a low budget independent short movie that tells the story of Xiao Cheng, when he finds his lover dead in his bed, after a lethal drug reaction. In the dark roads of Chengdu, Xiao Cheng, scared of the consequences, send a message asking for help to his friend. She thinks that the best solution is to hide the body, but when they return to the apartment, they found the unexpected.

The film has a strong film noir influences and it is performed by non professional actors and it includes themes very delicate, often censured in China, specially the representation of the homosexuality in young people, a community that need to protect themselves due to the lack of protective laws in the country. The story is partially based in true events, but the atmosphere is close to the Film Noir genre, to reflect the only situation where queer people can express themselves, community that needs to live in the shadows of the night in the Chinese society.[23] It tells the story of Xiao Cheng, a young Chinese guy that ask for help to a friend to resolve a big trouble, the guy with whom he spend the afternoon is dead on his bed from the effect of a drug, not something the Chinese authorities look kindly on.[24]

The world premiere of the film was held in Spain, at the 53rd Gijon International Film Festival in November 2015.[25] It received the audience award for best short film, Asturian section, at the 15th Aviles Action Film Festival [26] and at the Audience Choice Award for Best Film and Best Cinematography at the 3rd Asturian Film Festival of Proaza.[15] In China the film premiere was held at an art gallery, Shujingtang Alley Art Space in Chengdu in June 12, 2016 and the reactions where very positive.[27] The premier in China was held relatively underground (due to the censorship laws of the country).

Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal (2013)[edit]

English poster of Ni Jing

Ni Jing: Thou Shalt Not Steal (Original Chinese: 逆境; pinyin: Ni Jing; literally: "adversity"; Spanish Title Ni Jing: No Robarás) is the first film made in China by Almost Red company and it is a co-production with Spain. It tells the story of a naive Chinese girl who is forced to confront betrayal after she awakes in a remote forest covered in blood.[28] The film received the award for Best Short Film in the World Premier at "Riverside Saginaw International Film Festival", 2013 and the awards for: Best Actress (Sherry Xia Ruihong), runner up Best Short Film, and a nomination for Best Actor (Yinhui Wan) at the 9th Asturian Film Festival, 2014. The Ni Jing: No Robarás Spanish premier took place at the prestigious "FICXIXON, Gijón International Film Festival" in 2013. The critical reactions in general were very positive:

  • "The film represent very truthfully the local society of Chengdu and the good communication among the directors, that belong to different cultures, creates great results" [29] from Fenixnet Entertainment News, China.
  • "Audiences at the press screening were captivated for the atmosphere and the rhythm of the film" [12] from Sichuan Daily News, leading newspaper in the region.

Desire Street (2011)[edit]

Poster Desire Street

Desire Street (aka "La Calle Del Deseo" or "Calle Deseo") is Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi's first feature film, produced as a graduation work in their Master of Fine Arts at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) in Hollywood. The story follows three family members (mother, daughter and son) as they try to survive their loneliness and obsessions by going through different sexual experiences and relationships with a prostitute. "This film has a flamboyant style that is oddly downplayed by characters that tend to be frustrated by the barrenness of their urban living. The protagonists are socially malformed as they struggle with self-identity and self acceptance".[30] The directors take as a reference the Mexican melodramas of the 1960s. They exaggerate the representation of the characters to accentuate the irony that is a basic element in the story, creating many situations of comedy. At the end of the story the family became the main reference for the individual survival. The reception at film festivals was very good and score positive reviews and awards (Best Film at Asturian Film Festival in Spain and Special Mention Best Feature at Mix Mexico International Film Festival ):

  • The jury highlight that Desire Street has "a very well structured script, strong story and great characters".[31] From Mix Mexico International Film Festival's Jury, 2011.
  • "Desire Street develops, with technical mastery and a good treatment of the script, the generation gap and the family and sexual conflicts in a multiethnic society".[32] From Asturian Film Festival's Jury, 2014
  • "The characters could be from an Almodovar movie as they seem to need to behave in extraordinary ways in order to draw some sexual, psychological advantage... The use of subjective camera movement, composition and mirrored reflections are effective in conveying a real sense of false perceptions... The collaborations of Roberto Canuto and Xu Xiaoxi make them the future wave as these two engaging directors bring together fresh insight with redesigned camera work." [30] From Dickie King's review at MTG, 2011.

The premiere of Desire Street in Spain took place in 2014 at the "Asturian Film Festival" and in China at the "Contemporary Art Museum A4" of Sichuan also in 2014 .

Toto Forever (2010)[edit]

Toto Forever poster

Toto Forever (aka Toto Para Siempre or Siempre Toto), is the first international successful film directed by Roberto F. Canuto and written by Roberto and Xu Xiaoxi. The film participates in over 30 international film festivals, mainly of LGBT theme, with awards as Best Film at "LesGayCinePTY in Panamá 2010", Third Award for Best Short Film at "6th CinegailesAST in Asturias, Spain, 2014",[33] nominated for Best Film at Kashish 1st Mumbai International Film Festival [34] together with other selections and Opening Ceremonies in different venues. It is considered Cult film in many circles, after becoming a Classic in the underground Gay Cinema with many screenings around the globe.[35][36]

The critical reactions were very positive:

  • "This international hit film promises to become one of the new Gay classic movies".[37] From Cultura Pride, 2011 (Panama).
  • "Toto Forever effectively invokes an idyllic mood with an undercurrent of danger. The moments that Toto and Mark get to share are very romantic and sensual... Toto Forever is sexy and suspenseful... Canuto's short contains many pleasures." [38] From Michael D. Klemm at, 2009 (United States).
  • "Desire, break, conflict ... Toto Forever is positioned in the drama, in the extreme, in breakdown of the young protagonist to compose a map of sensations that reverses in the hope that exists beyond the borders of everyday life." [39] From El Rollo Higienico, Revista de Arte y Cultura, 2010 (Spain).
  • "The angle of photography requires of us to re-examine and not view things is a conventional way. Backward glances are shown through rear view mirror techniques and distorted reflections off a champagne bowl question the reason and nature of what might be obvious. Just as the crystal is multifaceted and reflects and refracts, we are encouraged to examine, kaleidoscopically and appreciate how brilliantly colorful this 'gem' is!" [40] From Dickie King at MTG, 2011 (South Africa).


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  2. ^ "Roberto F. Canuto". Retrieved 4 August 2014. Roberto F. Canuto Birthday: 04/13/1973 Place of birth: Gijón (Asturias), Spain:
  3. ^ Nieto, Francisco (December 14, 2011). "Influencia Del Cine Chino en España (2000-2010)". (in Spanish). Global Asia. Retrieved 4 August 2014. Otras propuestas más independientes también se han atrevido con la coproducción, como es el caso del film Desire Street, dirigido por Roberto F. Canuto y Xiaoxi Xu.
  4. ^ "Roberto F. Canuto, director de cine y guionista". (in Spanish and English). El Rollo Higienico, Revista de Arte y Cultura. September 30, 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2014. Roberto starts his collaborations with Xu Xiaoxi in early 2008.
  5. ^ Garcia Ingrisano, Alejandro. "Directores de cine españoles en el extranjero – Revista Tiempo". (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 August 2014. Toda una generación de jóvenes está dando el salto a trabajar en otros países y otras lenguas
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  12. ^ a b 成都小伙携手西班牙搭档 方言短片获国际大奖 [Chengdu & Spain partnership achieve international Awards] (in Chinese). Sichuan Daily Newspaper. January 10, 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 《逆境》在成都小酒馆试映,如同悬疑片的节奏让现场影迷眼前一亮。
  13. ^ Alan, Ariel (August 11, 2014). "Roberto F. Canuto successful in China with his art" (in Spanish). Cine Universogay. Retrieved 22 August 2014. reacciones muy positivas y una gran afluencia de público, ya que ha llenado las salas durante todo el fin de semana, por lo que la exhibición ya se ha prorrogado
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  17. ^ a b "'Ad-Vientu' se hace con el premio del público al mejor cortometraje del 'Día d'Asturies', en el FICX ("Advent win the Audience Choice Award "Dia DAsturies" at the 54 Gijon Film Fest.)" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia (Newspaper). Europa Press. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Finaliza el rodaje de la película astur-china 'Sunken Plum' (End of shooting of the Asturias-Chinese film "Sunken Plum")". Asturias Mundial (in Spanish). 9 October 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016. El filme, una comedia melodramática con tintes de misterio y realismo social (haciendo gala de una mezcla de géneros típica del cine de los directores)
  19. ^ "Roberto F. Canuto finaliza un nuevo rodaje en China (Roberto F. Canuto end a new shooting in China)" (in Spanish). La Nueva España (Newspaper). 11 October 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016. La película representa la última parte de la trilogía "El Chengdu Invisible", formada por Ni Jing: No Robarás, Sandía Amarga y Sunken Plum, que narra historias sobre personajes habitualmente marginados, que deben subsistir en las sombras de una sociedad, la China, contraria a la diversidad y la individualidad.
  20. ^ "Even filmproductie over transseksuelen in China (a film about transexuals in China)". (in Dutch). 7 November 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016. Het verhaal over een transgender vrouw die werkt in een nachtclub in Chengdu. Onverwacht krijgt ze een bezoek van haar nicht die haar verteld dat haar moeder is overleden. Als enige zoon voelt ze zich verplicht om terug te gaan naar haar geboorteplaats, maar kan niet als vrouw voor haar familie verschijnen.
  21. ^ "Completada la posproducción del cortometraje en asturiano 'Ad-vientu' (The asturian film "Ad-vientu" en the post-production)" (in Spanish). Europa Press. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  22. ^ ""Ad-vientu", un cortometraje astur-chino ("Advent, an Asturian-Chinese short film)" (in Spanish). "La Nueva España" Newspaper. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  23. ^ Alderiques d'asturies (9 December 2016). 53 FICX – Nacho Carballo y Día d'Asturies (asturian) [53 FICX - Nacho Carballo y Dia de Asturias] (Video interview) (in Spanish). Event occurs at minutes:10. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
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  29. ^ Chao, Bin (June 24, 2013). 微电影《逆境》成都试片 [Ni Jing Press Screening in Chengdu]. Fenixnet Entertainment. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 该片在成都实景拍摄,对白以四川方言为主。虽然内容十分"接地气",但这对跨国组合在创作中却非常默契
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  32. ^ "Palmares del 9 Festival de cine Asturianu 2014". (in Spanish). June 15, 2014. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. trata con gran maestría técnica y con un buen tratamiento del guion sobre el choque generacional y los conflictos sexuales y familiares de una sociedad multiétnica.
  33. ^ "They say, premiáu nel Festival CinegailesAST en Xixón" (in Asturian). Asturias Mundial. February 3, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. El Tercer Premio recayó también ex-aequo en los filmes Toto forever de Roberto F. Canuto
  34. ^ "Una coproducción española bare el Festival Internacional de Cine Queer de Bombay" (in Spanish). 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2014. ha tenido el honor de inaugurar las proyecciones.
  35. ^ Alan, Ariel (August 20, 2014). "El cine es el patrimonio cultural de nuestro país". (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 August 2014. considerado ya un clásico del cine gay después de muchas selecciones en festivales internacionales y de su temática Yaoi, siendo una "Cult Movie" en algunos círculos.
  36. ^ "El film "Toto Forever" fue galardonado en el "LesGayCinePTY 2010" de Panamá". (in Spanish). 2010. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. El premio al mejor cortometraje recayó en "Toto Forever", del español Roberto F. Canuto.
  37. ^ "Una Noche LGBTI inolvidable en Panamá". Cultura Pride. March 15, 2011. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014. "Toto Forever" obtuvo buenas criticas (aunque yo no pude terminar de verla), esta película de gran éxito internacional promete convertirse en uno de los nuevos clásicos del cine Gay y esperamos muy ansiosamente ver la nueva película de su director Roberto Canuto.
  38. ^ Klemm, Michael D. (July 2009). "City of Ghost". Retrieved 1 August 2014.
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