Terence Davies, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Mamoru Hosoda, Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu, Philippe Lesage, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Levan Tutberidze and Ben Wheatley to compete in the Official Selection at the 63rd edition of the San Sebastian Festival
The competition for the Golden Shell at the coming San Sebastian Festival, running from September 18 to 26, unites the latest films by outstanding filmmakers on the international panorama. New titles to join them in the Official selection will be announced shortly.
French directors Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu's new film tells the story of Caroline, a woman who cuts her vacation short to organise the funeral of her mother, Isabelle, who has died suddenly at her house in the Pyrenees. She befriends Pattie who looks after her mother's house. But her funeral preparations take an unexpected twist when her mother’s body mysteriously disappears.
Bakemono no ko / The Boy and the Beast
Country(ies) of production: Japan
The latest film from the master of anime, Mamoru Hosoda is the first animatied film to compete at the San Sebastian Film Festival Official Selection. Kyuta is a solitary boy who lives in Tokyo, and Kumatetsu is a supernatural creature isolated in an imaginary world. One day the boy crosses the border into the imaginary world and makes friends with Kumatetsu, who becomes his friend and spiritual guide. The encounter opens the way to all sorts of adventures.
Les démons / The Demons
Country(ies) of production: Canada
While a series of kidnappings of young boys is raging in Montreal, Félix, 10, finished school in Old Longueuil, an ordinary suburb of peaceful appearance. Imaginative and sensitive, Félix, like many children, is afraid of everything. Little by little, the childhood imaginary demons mix with demons of a disturbing reality.
Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France)
Country(ies) of production: France - Belgium - Spain
After winning the New Directors award in 2004 with Innocence, Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to the San Sebastian Festival with her new film. On a remote island inhabited solely by women and young boys, Nicolas and the other boys are subjected to mysterious and sinister medical treatments.
Country(ies) of production: UK
British director Ben Wheatley presents his last work, based on J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name. Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building's residents have no intention of leaving him alone. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing's good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building.
Country(ies) of production: Georgia
This is a dramatic story of the family living in the seaside city. After Mamuka is released from prison, he tries to rescue his family from poverty. His mother is working abroad, his father is wheelchair-ridden, and his unemployed younger brother appears to be attracted by criminals. Mamuka takes out a loan and buys a small fishing boat. But fate is often blind and merciless
Country(ies) of production: Iceland - Denmark - Croatia
A coming-of-age story about the 16-year old boy Ari, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. There, he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari has to step up and find his way.
Country(ies) of production: UK - Luxembourg
An intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War, adapted from the Scottish novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon and directed by Terence Davies.
These titles join the Official Selection to the Spanish productions already announced:
AMAMA (Amama: When a tree falls) - Asier Altuna
EL APÓSTATA (The Apostate) - Federico Veiroj
UN DIA PERFECTE PER VOLAR - Marc Recha
EVA NO DUERME (Eva doesn´t sleep) - Pablo Agüero
EL REY DE LA HABANA (The king of Havana) - Agustí Villaronga
TRUMAN - Cesc Gay
MI GRAN NOCHE - Álex de la Iglesia (Not in competition)
LEJOS DEL MAR (Far from the sea) - Imanol Uribe (Special screenings)
NO ESTAMOS SOLOS - Pere Joan Ventura (Special screenings)