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You are in: Home > 2016. 64th Edition  > News > Ten films selected for Zabaltegi-Tabakalera will be screened in October as part of the Tabakalera programme
Ten films selected for Zabaltegi-Tabakalera will be screened in October as part of the Tabakalera programme
The 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival will continue until October 28th in five double showings including the combined screening of one short and one feature film
From September 15th, the installation by Andrés Di Tella will be open for visit in Tabakalera
Monday, September 5th, 2016

The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section will not end on 24th September. From September 30th to October 28th, the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary Culture will offer a second chance to see ten of the films selected for this section open to the most surprising films of the year, with no formal norms and where any subject goes. Going competitive for the first time, 24 films will compete for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award and its €20,000.

The programme will consist of five double sessions, each of which will include the screening of one short and one feature film. The season is part of the regular Tabakalera programme, meaning that tickets can by obtained through the usual channels (on the website, at the Tabakalera information desk and at the ticket office 30 minutes before the start of each session) at the price of €3.5.



Friday, September 30th, 20:00
El extraño / The Stranger (Short film)
Pablo Álvarez
Country(ies) of production: Chile

Partly a symphony of a city, partly an experimental film and, to some extent, a fake documentary. A set of images show the centre of Santiago at night, to retrace the steps of an absent an anonymous character. Different background voices try to describe this person through unconnected stories and they often contradict each other. The result is the vague reconstruction of an absent man. He is a stranger who embodies a déclassé and careeism character rooted in the depths of Chilean society. A desire to exercise power over the rest shown through different forms of violence.

Zoologiya / Zoology
Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Country(ies) of production: Russia - France - Germany

Middle-aged Zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day... she grows a tail and turns her life around.

Friday, October 14th, 20:00
The Hedonists (Short film)
Jia Zhang-ke
Country(ies) of production: China

An engaging drama about several unemployed Shanxi coalminers looking for work.

© Bianca Aun
A cidade onde envelheço / Where I Grow Old
Marilia Rocha (Brazil)
Country(ies) of production: Brazil - Portugal

Francisca, a young Portuguese woman living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she'd lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa discovers the place where she means to settle, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon.

Sunday, October 16th, 19:00
Gure hormek / Our Walls (Short film)
María Elorza (Las chicas de Pasaik) (Spain), Maider Fernandez Iriarte (Las chicas de Pasaik) (Spain)
Country(ies) of production: Spain

The neighbourhood of Housewives. The district of Insomniacs. The newsstand of the Unknown Mother. The underground of The Lonely Women. Our walls pay tribute to the people we love.

Louise en hiver / Louise By The Shore
Jean-François Laguionie
Country(ies) of production: France - Canada

On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal tides. Fragile and coquettish, not nearly as well-prepared as a would-be Robinson Crusoe, Louise isn’t likely to make it through the winter. Yet, Louise takes her abandonment as a challenge. She’s going to survive, confronting the elements as well as her memories, which have found the perfect occasion to join in the adventure…

Sunday, October 23rd, 19:00
© Hayoun KWON
489 Years (Short film)
Hayoun Kwon
Country(ies) of production: France

An animated short film, winner of an award at the 62nd Oberhausen International Festival, 489 Years uses the testimony provided by Kim, a former soldier from South Korea, to give us access to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, plunging us into the heart of the soldier’s personal memories. Kim tells us about his experiences on a research mission and the amazing discovery he made in a field full of mines (laid by South Korea with no record of where they were placed). He talks about a place where people are forbidden, and where nature has totally regained its hold…

El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa / The Winds Know That I'm Coming Back Home
José Luis Torres Leiva
Country(ies) of production: Chile

The Chilean documentary maker Ignacio Agüero is preparing his first fictional feature film based on an old documentary project that he never completed. In the early 1980s, on the island of Meulín, in the Chiloé region, a young couple disappears in the woods in the area totally without trace. A myth developed around this mysterious tragic love story. Ignacio Agüero will travel to the scene of the crime in search of locations and non-professional actors to finally gradually discover how his film is going to develop.

Friday, October 28th, 20:00
Caminan / On The Path (Short film)
Mikel Rueda
Country(ies) of production: Spain

A road in the middle of nowhere. A car. A bike. Two lonely people looking for the same thing. They meet. World premiere.

The Illinois Parables
Deborah Stratman (USA)
Country(ies) of production: USA

An experimental documentary. Eleven parables recount events from the history of the state of Illinois: regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. From the violent eviction of the Cherokee to the establishment of a utopian community of French Icarians, the invention of the nuclear reactor, and the murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, the film relays histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism, and resistance. Illinois functions here as a convenient structural ruse, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how societies are shaped by conviction and ideology.


An installation by Andrés Di Tella drawing on the diaries of Ricardo Piglia. Space 1. Tabakalera.


The installation 327 notebooks will open on September 15th with the presence of its creator, the filmmaker Andrés Di Tella, and will run in Tabakalera’s Space 1 until September 30th.

327 notebooks is a work by filmmaker Andrés Di Tella presented in the Zabaltegi section of the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2015. Today it is also an installation. Cinema breaks its boundaries.

The aim is to highlight the idea of the diary as a collage, myriad potential stories that can be put together at random. All those entering the room can make their own readings, their own associations, creating different stories with the same elements. Thus, the installation incorporates scenes included in the film and others that are not, opening the door to the dreaming up of almost endless scenes from an entire lifetime.

The installation is co-produced by the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera as part of the joint Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section.

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