François Ozon e Thomas Vinterberg in lizza per la Conchiglia d'Oro a San Sebastián
- Annunciati i primi titoli in concorso nella Sezione ufficiale del festival di San Sebastián, con gli ultimi film del francese e del danese fra quelli di altri autori internazionali
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The 68th edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival has started revving its engines, unveiling a few of the interesting names that will form part of its competitive Official Section and which, from 18-26 September, will be duking it out for the gathering’s top prize: the coveted Golden Shell. Standing out particularly among the first few directors announced are France’s François Ozon, a regular at the event (this will be his fifth time in competition at the festival, an event he adores), with his new movie, Summer of 85 [+leggi anche:
scheda film], about the sexual awakening of a group of teenagers during the titular decade; and Denmark’s Thomas Vinterberg, with Another Round [+leggi anche:
scheda film], toplined by Mads Mikkelsen and depicting a peculiar experiment that seeks to push the boundaries of creativity.
Other European filmmakers who will be competing at San Sebastián are Lithuania’s Sharunas Bartas, who will present the international premiere of the war drama In the Dusk in the Basque city; and Georgia’s Dea Kulumbegashvili with her debut feature, Beginning, which will also be enjoying its world premiere and broaches the topic of the harassment inflicted on a devoutly religious family.
Another well-known face on the festival circuit is Japan’s Naomi Kawase, who is also returning to San Sebastián (having previously taken part in the competition with Genpin and Vision [+leggi anche:
scheda film]) with True Mothers, about the clash between two mothers – one biological and the other adoptive. Meanwhile, her fellow countryman Takuma Sato will bring his second film, Any Crybabies Around?, to the Spanish gathering. The feature is about how the media can dramatically turn a citizen’s life upside down.
As San Sebastián explained in a press release, In the Dusk, True Mothers, Beginning, Summer of 85 and Another Round are some of the films that the Cannes Film Festival selected this year – a year in which it was unable to hold its 73rd edition, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. And in the coming weeks, the Basque event will continue to reveal the rest of the titles set to make up the Official Section, which will be opened, out of competition, by Woody Allen’s comedy Rifkin’s Festival (see the news).
Likewise, now that the state of emergency has ended, and while hoping that the pandemic continues abating, the festival wishes to assert that it has ruled out the idea of not holding the event at all, but also dismisses the idea of organising a completely normal edition that would continue in exactly the same vein as the past few years. By prioritising adherence to the health-and-safety requirements established by the authorities, the aim is to rustle up a gathering that is recognisable and safe for the audience, the film industry and the media. In order to achieve this, the management has made several decisions: a 30% reduction in the number of screenings, the holding of some of its activities (the Co-Production Forum, Zinemaldia & Technology, the round-tables and the master classes) online, and a hybrid format (physical and virtual) for the new WIP Latam and Europa (see the news) initiatives, as well as for Ikusmira Berriak.
Here is the list of films selected so far:
Summer of 85 [+leggi anche:
scheda film] – François Ozon (France)
Another Round [+leggi anche:
scheda film] - Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands)
In the Dusk – Sharunas Bartas (Lithuania/France/Czech Republic/Serbia/Portugal/Latvia)
Beginning – Dea Kulumbegashvili (France/Georgia)
True Mothers – Naomi Kawase (Japan)
Any Crybabies Around? – Takuma Sato (Japan)
Out of competition
Rifkin’s Festival - Woody Allen (USA/Spain/Italy)
(Tradotto dallo spagnolo)
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