The San Sebastián Film Festival will once again be screening some of this year’s most important Spanish films in its Made in Spain section. The following films are programmed for the 60th San Sebastián Film Festival:
30 AÑOS DE OSCURIDAD
(30 YEARS OF DARKNESS)
MANUEL H. MARTÍN
This documentary portrays the eventful life of Manuel Cortés, known as "the mole of Mijas", a victim of political persecution who remained in hiding for thirty years, a ghost of the Civil War. His story reflects that of so many other political prisoners who had to sacrifice their lives by fleeing repression.
CARMINA O REVIENTA
(CARMINA O REVIENTA)
Winner of the Audience Award and the Special Jury Award at the Malaga Film Festival, the main character in the debut film by actor Paco León is Carmina, a 58-year-old woman who runs a shop selling Iberian products in Seville. After several robberies and no help from her insurance company, she comes up with a way to recover the money to keep her family going. Its star, Carmina Barrios, also won the Best Actress Award at the Malaga Film Festival.
LA CHISPA DE LA VIDA
(AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT)
ALEX DE LA IGLESIA
José Mota stars in the latest film by Álex de la Iglesia, that was screened at the Berlin Film Festival out of competition. The story of an unemployed PR man in desperate financial straits, who in his day was the man who created the slogan “It's the real thing” for Coca-Cola. All this changes after he has an accident...
A documentary about the project to completely renovate the Edificio España, an emblematic building in Madrid that symbolised prosperity under Franco. More than two hundred workers of various nationalities take part in the work and provide an unusual collection of anecdotes.
The latest film by Pablo Trapero (Familia rodante, Leonera (Lion's Den), Carancho) took part in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It tells the story of the friendship between two priests who settle in a Buenos Aires slum area to carry out their ministry and social work.
A thriller, directed by Alberto Rodríguez (7 vírgenes (7 Virgins), After), about the activities of a police unit called Grupo 7 who pay little attention to the thin line that separates the unethical from the openly illegal. Their modus operandi involves violence, coercion, lies and half-truths... anything goes.
HIJOS DE LAS NUBES, LA ÚLTIMA COLONIA
(SONS OF THE CLOUDS, THE LAST COLONY)
In this documentary directed by Álvaro Longoria and produced by Javier Bardem, the actor guides the audience through the complex world of international diplomacy and the geo-strategic interests that have sparked off the Arab Spring, analysing the grim story of the inhabitants of the Western Sahara, the last colony in Africa. The film was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival.
Second solo film by Gabriel Velázquez, who competed in Zabaltegi New Directors with his debut film, Amateurs (2008) and in Official Section with Sud Express (2005), co-directed with Chema de la Peña. This film, which earned the First Award and the Youth Jury Award at the Nantes Cinespagnol and a special mention from the Jury at the Gijón Film Festival, tells three quiet stories about adolescence that come together in a winter river as it passes through a small town.
KATMANDÚ, UN ESPEJO EN EL CIELO
(KATMANDÚ, UN ESPEJO EN EL CIELO)
The filmmaker Iciar Bollaín tells the story of Laia, a young Catalan teacher who moves to Kathmandu to work in a school. Once there, she discovers extreme poverty and a devastatingly bleak education system that excludes those in greatest need.
MIEL DE NARANJAS
The latest film by Imanol Uribe, who has won the Golden shell on two occasions with Días contados (1994) and Bwana (1996), is set in Andalusia in the 1950s. Enrique and Carmen are deeply in love with each other, and she fixes things so that he can do his military service in her town. But Enrique is assigned to a courthouse, and in view of the injustices that he witnesses each day, he realises that he needs to act to change things. Best director and best screenplay awards at the Malaga Film Festival.
ELS NENS SALVATGES
(THE WILD ONES)
Winner of four awards at the Málaga Film Festival (including Best Film), the new film by Patricia Ferreira (Sé quien eres, El alquimista impaciente) focuses on the world of teenagers, on their challenges and the lack of communication between them and their elders.
Eduard Cortés (La vida de nadie, ¡Atraco!) tells the thrilling story of a group of youngsters with very few prospects who get presented with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: clearing out international casinos using an infallible method based on the imperfections of the roulette wheel. It won the Best Editing Award at the Málaga Film Festival.
SILENCIO EN LA NIEVE
A thriller set in the Second World War. A batallion of the Blue Division comes across the corpse of a Spanish soldier. His throat is slit from side to side and the words: “Mira que te mira dios" (Watch, God's watching you) are carved into his chest with a knife.
STEFAN BUTZMÜHLEN & CRISTINA DIZ
A film that has been selected in the Forum section at the Berlin Film Festival and the Cine del futuro section at the Buenos Aires Festival. A love story between a young holidaymaker and a policeman in a village in Extremadura strongly attached to its old rituals and traditions.
SUEÑO Y SILENCIO
(THE DREAM & THE SILENCE )
The fourth film by Jaime Rosales (Las horas del día, La soledad (Solitary Fragments), Tiro en la cabeza (Bullet in the Head) competed in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. It tells the story of Oriol and Yolanda, who live in Paris with their two daughters. He's an architect, she's a teacher. While they are on holiday in the Ebro Delta, an accident transforms their lives
PEDRO PÉREZ ROSADO
A film that competed at the Malaga Film Festival, won the Award for Best Actress at the Abu Dhabi Festival and took part in the Panorama section at the Berlin Film Festival. Fatimetu goes back to the Saharan Refugee Camps in Tinduf (Algeria) when her mother dies and meets up again with her brothers and sisters. She learns that her mothers' last wishes were for her to stay there to look after her sister Hayat.