Today, at the Academia de Cine, an announcement was made as to the list of films produced in Spain scheduled for the 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festival, starting on September 19. José Luis Rebordinos, the Festival Director, and Maialen Beloki, member of the Management Committee, read out the titles to be presented in the different sections.
Some of the most eagerly awaited films of the year will gather at the Festival. The latest works by Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goneaga, Alberto Rodríguez and Carlos Vermut will compete in the Official Selection, while the new movies by Isaki Lacuesta and Pablo Malo will be screened out of competition.
For their part, Roberto Castón and Hermes Paralluelo will contend for the Kutxa-New Directors Award. Also as usual, the Zabaltegi section includes a selection of feature films and shorts produced in Spain. Three co-productions will enjoy their Spanish release in the Horizontes Latinos and Pearls sections and another two titles will be presented in special screenings.
Alberto Rodríguez (Grupo 7) returns to film noir with this thriller starring Raúl Arévalo, Javier Gutiérrez and Antonio de la Torre. Two cops, ideologically miles apart, are reprimanded and sent as punishment to a remote town in the swamps to investigate the disappearance of two teenagers. There they will measure their wits against a savage killer in a community anchored to the past.
The new film from Carlos Vermut (Diamond Flash) is a tale of crossed destinies starring José Sacristán, Bárbara Lennie and Luis Bermejo. Alicia, an ailing child who dreams of the dress in the Japanese series Magical Girl Yukiko; Luis, her father, who will do anything he can to make her dream come true; Bárbara, a pretty young girl with psycholgical issues; and Damián, a teacher who has retired from everything except his stormy past. All will be trapped in a net of obscure blackmailing where instincts and reason spar with one another in a tragic struggle.
Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goneaga compete in the Official Selection with this tale of three women, three lives changed by nothing but a few bunches of flowers. Flowers that make each one feel emotions they'd thought were long gone...
Pablo Malo reconstructs in his latest movie the true story of Lasa and Zabala, two Basque refugees who were kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1983. Twelve years later, lawyers Iñigo and Fede will struggle to identify the murderers, putting their convictions and even their own lives on the line.
Isaki Lacuesta presents a social satire in which five common or garden citizens, from a country pretty much identical to our own, see their lives ripped apart by the economic crisis. With nothing more to lose, they come up with a crazy plan to save the Spanish and world economy: kidnap the chairman of the Central Bank and demand that he return everything to the way it used to be. An impressive cast headlines the film: Sergi López, Ariadna Gil, Emma Suárez, Raúl Arévalo, Imanol Arias, Eduard Fernández, José Coronado, Jordi Vilches, Josep Maria Pou, Ángela Molina and Albert Pla, among many others.
Icíar Bollaín reflects in this documentary on the situation of the many people from Spain who have been obliged to find work abroad. Gloria is one of the 700,000 Spanish people who have left our country since the crisis started. From Almeria, aged 32, a teacher without a job, saleswoman in an Edinburgh shop for the last two years, Gloria launches, with the collective she herself began, an action, an event which under the slogan "Neither lost nor silent" expresses their frustration, while lending visibility and voice to some, the ones who wish to participate, of the more than 20,000 Spaniards who live in the capital of Scotland.
In his new film, Hermes Paralluelo tells a love story. A love story that begins when its lead characters, Antonio and Felisa, have been together for over 60 years and their delicate health means they can no longer care for one another. The prospect of having to move into a home for the elderly looms menacingly on the horizon. The film portrays love in old age, nights of fitful sleep over the worry of loneliness, death and separation from a loved-one. Fear of leaving life in the hands of others and of losing independence.
Second feature by Roberto Castón, whose movie Ander competed in the Panorama Section at Berlin in 2009. Mario, Paula, Miguel and Lourdes run into one another while looking (some more than others) for a way out of a life they don't like. The situation forces them to make decisions, listening either to their hearts or to the fear of change. They are accompanied in the process by the film's director, played by Roberto Álamo.
The winning film of the Films in Progress Industry Award at last year's Festival is a mosaic of experiences for new immigrants in Argentina. Three tales of people from different races who struggle with loneliness and alienation during "La feria de La Salada".
A co-production between Japan, France and the Spanish production company Eddie Saeta directed by Naomi Kawase, which competed in the last edition of the Cannes Festival. On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, they will learn to become adults.
A Spanish/Argentinian co-production with participation by the Spanish production company, El Deseo, premiered in the Official Selection in the last edition of Cannes Festival. The inequality, injustice and demands of the world we live in cause many people to suffer from stress or depression. Some explode. This is a film about them.
In 1966, Basilio Martín Patino sent nine letters to Berta. Almost fifty years later, Virginia García del Pino tries to write the tenth. A letter written by herself and Basilio Martín Patino, the portrait of a fleeing identity that investigates, obeying the rule established by Patino himself, to "forget all rules of what you are supposed to do", what's left of that rebellious student who wrote to Berta in 1966, the beginning of a brilliant career as a filmmaker.
Borja Cobeaga's new comedy stars Manu Aranguren, a Basque politician who acts as a mediator for the Spanish government in its negotiations with ETA. Far from being a solemn, calculated occasion, unexpected occurrences, slip-ups or misunderstandings soon kick in to influence the dialogue. Ramón Barea, Carlos Areces and Josean Bengoetxea headline the cast.
A documentary that is not only a physical record of a tour by Paco de Lucía, but a voyage to his soul: to his memories, to the things that torment him, interest him or make him laugh openly. By means of flashbacks and with himself as the sole narrator, Paco de Lucía takes a chronological look at his life from childhood until his last days in Mallorca, where he completed the final arrangements for his posthumous CD.
A documentary that reconstructs the actress's visit to the San Sebastian Festival to receive the Donostia Award in 1989: how she got ready to take her leave and the mark she left on all those who had some kind of contact with her.
The story of a pioneer of the engine who dreamt of dragonflies as a child and died living out his dream.
Dry earth, sun, wind. A procession makes its way across the landscape. The echo of their prayers brings rain.
When Miren is about to pay for her coffee, people often jump their turn. But when she realises someone has stolen a shirt from her shop, she resolves that enough is enough.
Sequel of the animated film, Daddy, I'm a Zombie. Just when everything was going so perfectly for Dixie, her old zombie mates show up with bad news: Nebulosa is leading the zombies on a rebellion against all mortals. As bearer of the Azoth, only Dixie can stop her; what side will Dixie take?