Film festival San Sebastian takes off with strong line-up

The film festival of San Sebastian, “the smallest of the big festivals’, as the organisers do not call, picks up this year with some big names, both in and out of competition. Belgium is represented by Peter Monsaerts ‘Le Ciel Flamand’.

The Magnificent Seven © gf

This 64th edition of the “Donostia Zinemaldia” is Friday, by the competitiefilm “La fille de Brest of the French Emmanuelle Bercot. The league has seventeen films will compete for the Golden Shell, including “The Oath” by Baltasar Kormakurs , Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama” and “El Hombre De Las Mil Caras” (“Smoke And Mirrors”) of Alberto Rodriguez. Furthermore, there is “Yourself and yours” of the South Korean cultregisseur Hong Sang-Soo, “American Pastoral”, the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor and “Lady MacBeth”, also a directorial debut of Brit William Oldroyd.

In the international competition Zabaltegi-Tabakalera will be 24 films of known and lesser-known names. Include “Midnight Special,” Jeff Nichols, and “Wiener-Dog” of Todd Solondz come there to bid, in addition to the documentary, “Gimme Danger” by Jim Jarmusch. Also Terence Davies’ ‘A Quiet Passion”, a co-production with the Flemish Potemkino, is shown in this competition.

Out of competition is inter alia to look into “Snowden” by Oliver Stone, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of the whistleblower. Also the “The Magnificent Seven“, a remake of the classic John Sturges, which in itself is a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”, will be screened in San Sebastian. Include Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, and Ethan Hawke play the lead roles in this version of Antoine Fuqua. Hawke will also be after the screening on 17 september a career price received, as Sigourney Weaver, who plays in “A Monster Calls” by the Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona, also out of competition.

The Golden Shell will not be won by a Belgian film, but “Le Ciel Flamand” of Peter Monsaert is screened in the New Directors program, and, subsequently, to the Kutxabank New Directors Award, good for 50,000 euros.

The film festival is on 24 september closed with the world premiere of “L’Odyssée”, a French-Belgian film about the difficult relationship of the French naval officer, explorer and researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his son Philippe. The Belgian share in the film comes from the Liège production company Versus. (Belga)

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