Ulrich Seidl and Christophe Honoré will compete for the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Film Festival, among others
- The Basque festival announces the rest of the official section of its 70th edition, which includes the new films by these two European masters, Sparta and Winter Boy
The Official Section of the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival, which will take place from 16th to 24th September, is starting to take shape with the announcement of the films that will be competing for the event's top award: the Golden Shell. Among the most recognisable names in the competition is that of the French director Christophe Honoré, who will return to the Basque city with Winter Boy, a film about a teenager in crisis after the death of his father, starring Paul Kircher, Vincent Lacoste and Juliette Binoche. Austrian director Ulrich Seidl also makes his debut in the official competition in San Sebastian with Sparta, a film that completes the diptych that began with Rimini [+see also:
interview: Ulrich Seidl
film profile], premiered at the last Berlinale; now the central character is the brother of the failed singer who played the lead in the previous film.
Czech director Petr Václav (Parallel Worlds, We Are Never Alone [+see also:
interview: Petr Vaclav
film profile]) will also return to San Sebastian for his debut in the Official Section: Il Boemo is a biographical drama centred around one of the most prolific composers of Italian opera in the 1770s. Filmed and set in Great Britain, Great Yarmouth-Provisional Figures is the new work by Portuguese director Marco Martins (São Jorge [+see also:
Q&A: Marco Martins
film profile]), that tackles the drama of immigration through a Portuguese-born woman who acts as a link between the workers who have arrived from her country and the factories in the Norfolk region. And after winning the Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival with Uncle [+see also:
film profile], the Danish director Frelle Petersen will compete with Forever, a complex and lively portrait of a family mourning the loss of their eldest son and brother.
Two directors come from Argentina: Manuel Abramovich will compete with his fourth feature film, Pornomelancholia, a portrait of a sex-influencer; and Diego Lerman (Refugiado [+see also:
film profile], A Sort of Family [+see also:
film profile]) returns with The Substitute, which follows the adventures of a teacher in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, with Juan Minujín, Bárbara Lennie and Alfredo Castro heading the cast. Chilean director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria [+see also:
film profile], A Fantastic Woman [+see also:
film profile]) debuts in the Official Section with the European co-production The Wonder, based on the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue, featuring Florence Pugh, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Burke and Toby Jones.
The Colombian director Laura Mora will return after the Youth Prize winner Matar a Jesús, with her second feature film The Kings of the World, a subversive tale starring five street kids from Medellín. American debut Marian Mathias will present her first feature film, Runner, about the meeting of two young people in the American Midwest. Japanese producer Genki Kawamura makes his directorial debut with A Hundred Flowers, which follows the story of a woman with Alzheimer’s. And finally, the acclaimed Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo will compete with Walk Up, a story of a middle-aged filmmaker’s encounters with different people.
These titles join the Spanish films that will also compete in the Official Section, which were announced a few days ago (read more).
Alongside the competition, there will be a special screening of La (très) grande évasion, a French production in which Yannick Kergoat traces the tax evasion routes and deciphers the mechanisms of large-scale fraud, in addition to the Spanish titles (read more).
The films selected so far:
Pornomelancholia - Manuel Abramovich (Argentina/France/Brazil/Mexico)
The Rite of Spring [+see also:
film profile] - Fernando Franco (Spain)
Suro - Mikel Gurrea (Spain)
Walk Up - Hong Sang-soo (South Korea)
Winter Boy - Christophe Honoré (France)
A Hundred Flowers - Genki Kawamura (Japan)
The Wonder - Sebastián Lelio (United Kingdom/Ireland)
The Substitute - Diego Lerman (Argentina/Spain/Italy/Mexico/France)
Great Yarmouth-Provisional Figures- Marco Martins (Portugal/France/United Kingdom)
Runner - Marian Mathias (United States)
The Kings of the World - Laura Mora (Colombia/Luxembourg/France/Mexico/Norway)
La maternal - Pilar Palomero (Spain)
Forever - Frelle Petersen (Denmark)
Wild Flowers - Jaime Rosales (Spain/France)
Sparta - Ulrich Seidl (Austria/France/Germany)
Il Boemo - Petr Václav (Czech Republic/Italy/Slovakia)
Out of Competition
Modelo 77 - Alberto Rodríguez (Spain) (opening film)
Offworld [+see also:
interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Isabe…
series profile] - Raúl Arévalo, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Alberto Rodríguez, Isa Campo, Iñaki Lacuesta (Spain) (series)
La (très) grande évasion - Yannick Kergoat (France)
El techo amarillo - Isabel Coixet (Spain)
(Translated from Spanish by Vicky York)
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