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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2022 Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

San Sebastián’s wildly varied Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section announces 22 titles

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- The gutsiest sidebar of the Basque gathering will show off the latest features by Ruth Beckermann and Hlynur Pálmason, plus the new shorts by Peter Strickland and Lee Chang-dong, among others

San Sebastián’s wildly varied Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section announces 22 titles
Mutzenbacher by Ruth Beckermann

At the 70th edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival (16-24 September), the ever-surprising Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section will host a selection of works hailing from Berlin, Cannes and Venice, among other gatherings. As things stand, 22 titles will participate in this sidebar, with one more section to be added at a later date. There will be 13 features, eight short films and one medium-length work on show, which we detail below.

Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann takes a contemporary approach to the 1906 erotic novel Josefine Mutzenbacher in Mutzenbacher [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruth Beckermann
film profile
]
, which won the Best Film Award in the Encounters section of the Berlinale. Meanwhile, Iceland’s Hlynur Pálmason will present his third feature, Godland [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile
]
, set in the late 19th century, as a Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland, plus he will also be showing off the short film Nest, starring a group of siblings who build a house up in a tree. Thomas Salvador will be in attendance with The Mountain [+see also:
film review
interview: Thomas Salvador
film profile
]
, about a Parisian engineer who leaves everything behind to settle in the Alps.

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Swiss helmer Cyril Schäublin scooped the Best Director Award in the Encounters section of the Berlinale with Unrest [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cyril Schäublin
film profile
]
, a fiction film set in a small town in the 19th century, where the anarchism movement starts to gain traction. Norway’s Anders Emblem will participate with A Human Position [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anders Emblem
film profile
]
, a portrait of a journalist who uncovers an injustice that will lead her to examine her own life from a new point of view. In addition, Brits Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace are the men behind Meet Me in the Bathroom, which delves into the New York music scene at the start of the 21st century.

Israel’s Ann Oren will be exhibiting her feature-length fiction debut, the German production Piaffe [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ann Oren
film profile
]
, revolving around a woman who grows a horse’s tale, while another co-production with Germany, the new effort by Argentina’s Laura Citarella, Trenque Lauquen [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laura Citarella
film profile
]
, starts off with a woman’s mysterious disappearance.

Argentinian director Santiago Loza returns with the world premiere of Amigas en un camino de campo, his fellow countryman Andrés Di Tella does likewise with Diarios, and Mexican-based Bolivian filmmaker Natalia López Gallardo will present Robe of Gems, the winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize at the Berlinale.

Brit Peter Strickland will also be returning with a new short film, Blank Narcissus (Passion of the Swamp), about a seasoned porn-film director who reminisces about his past, while South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong will be in attendance with the short Heartbeat. The short-film selection is rounded off by China’s Bi Gan, who is back with A Short Story, after he accompanied it to Cannes; Chile’s Diego Céspedes, with The Melting Creatures; and the USA’s Erik Shirai and Japan’s Masako Tsumura, with Nowhere To Go But Everywhere. Furthermore, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera will screen the medium-length film Itchan and Satchan by Japan’s Takayuki Fukata.

The selection also includes a number of previously announced Spanish titles (see the news): the features El agua [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Elena López Riera
film profile
]
by Elena López Riera and Piggy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlota Pereda
film profile
]
by Carlota Pereda. These are in addition to the shorts The Third Notebook by Lur Olaizola and Chords by Estibaliz Urresola.

Here is the full list of titles selected:

The Mountain [+see also:
film review
interview: Thomas Salvador
film profile
]
- Thomas Salvador (France) (opening film)
The Melting Creatures - Diego Céspedes (Chile/France) (short film) (opening short)
Mutzenbacher [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ruth Beckermann
film profile
]
- Ruth Beckermann (Austria)
A Short StoryBi Gan (China) (short film)
Trenque Lauquen [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laura Citarella
film profile
]
- Laura Citarella (Argentina/Germany)
A Human Position [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anders Emblem
film profile
]
- Anders Emblem (Norway)
Itchan and SatchanTakayuki Fukata (Japan) (medium-length film)
Heartbeat - Lee Chang-dong (South Korea) (short film)
Robe of GemsNatalia López Gallardo (Mexico/Argentina)
El agua [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Elena López Riera
film profile
]
Elena López Riera (Spain)
Amigas en un camino de campo - Santiago Loza (Argentina)
The Third NotebookLur Olaizola (Spain) (short film)
Piaffe [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ann Oren
film profile
]
- Ann Oren (Israel)
Godland [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Hlynur Pálmason
film profile
]
Hlynur Pálmason (Iceland)
Nest - Hlynur Pálmason (Iceland) (short film)
Piggy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlota Pereda
film profile
]
Carlota Pereda (Spain)
Unrest [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cyril Schäublin
film profile
]
- Cyril Schäublin (Switzerland)
Nowhere To Go But EverywhereErik ShiraiMasako Tsumura (Japan) (short film)
Meet Me in the Bathroom - Dylan SouthernWill Lovelace (UK)
Black Narcissus (Passion of the Swamp) - Peter Strickland (UK/Australia) (short film)
Diarios - Andrés Di Tella (Argentina)
ChordsEstibaliz Urresola (Spain) (short film)

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(Translated from Spanish)

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