San Sebastian filmfestival will open with the premiere of Spanish director MontxoArmendariz's Obaba, which willalso compete for the Golden Shell award.
Armendariz's highly-anticipated feature marks a move back towardslocal directors after last year's high profile San Sebastian opener, Woody Allen's
Obaba stars Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Juan Diego Botta, Barbara Lenni and MercedesSampietro and was shot by cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe. It is an adaptionof Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga's Ababakoak and isan impressionistic, magical realist view of a mythical country (Obaba) told through a number of stories in flashback. Oria Films produced with backing from Sogecableand Spanish broadcaster TVE.
The 56-year-old Armendariz is a