Iciar Bollain, Gracia Querejeta and Carlos Saura are among the Spanish directors invited to screen films this year at the upcoming 55th annual edition of Spain's Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 20-29).

Bollain will screen her new feature Mataharis in the official competition four years after her domestic abuse drama Take My Eyes (Te Doy Mis Ojos) wowed critics and won the Silver Shell awards for best actor and actress at the festival.

Mataharis, which stars Najwa Nimri and Tristan Ulloa in a tale of three female private detectives whose work forces them to face their own personal issues, will compete alongside Querejeta's Siete Meses De Billar Frances starring Maribel Verdu in the story of a woman who invests her life savings in a billard hall.

Querejeta has brought two previous films to the competition in San Sebastian, 1996's Robert Ryland's Last Journey and 1999's By My Side Again (Cuando Vuelvas A Mi Lado), which won a best photography prize and a special mention for Querejeta's directing.

Veteran Saura's newest music-inspired film, Fados, will have a special screening in San Sebastian. The film features some of Portugual's and Brazil's biggest musical stars in the story of a musical genre born in Lisbon's poorest barrios. It follows other similar, well-received musical films by Saura such as Flamenco, Tango and Iberia.

Three Spanish films will compete in the Zabaltegi section for the coveted Altadis-New Directors Award: Max Lemcke's Casual Day starring Luis Tosar and Juan Diego, last year's best actor winner; Diego Fandos' comedy Cosmos; and Tom Fernandez's La Torre De Suso starring Javier Camara in the story of a man who returns to his home town following the death of a friend.

In Zabaltegi Special Screenings, local filmmakers Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga will present a documentary about an infamous swindler, Lucio; and Omer Oke and Txarli Llorente will play their reality-inspired African emigrant drama Querida Bamako.