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‘First Man’, ‘Roma’, ‘A Star Is Born’

San Sebastian Film Festival’s Pearls section has announced 10 further titles including Damien Chazelle’s First Man and Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.

Pearls will close with Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born, in which he stars with Lady Gaga.

Further new additions include several titles that premiered at Cannes earlier this year, including Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and Lukas Dhont’s Girl.

This marks the first time Lee will compete for an award at San Sebastian; he has previously screened films as part of retrospectives.

Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai, another Cannes world premiere, marks the only animation amongst the new list.

The films are competing for the City of Donostia San Sebastian €50,000 audience award Second place receives €20,000. Last year’s prize was won by Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, which went on to receive seven Oscar nominations and two wins.

Seventeen films  have now been seleted for Pearls, with previously announced titles including Luis Ortega’s The Angel, Kirill Serebrennikov’s Summer and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War.

Pearls showcases films that have not yet been released in Spain but have screened at other festivals. 

This year’s festival runs from September 21-29; titles competing in the official selection include Claire Denis’ High Life and Naomi Kawase’s Vision.

The festival will open with Juan Vera’s feature debut An Unexpected Love, starring Ricardo Darín.

San Sebastian Pearls selection

  • A Star Is Born – dir. Bradley Cooper (US)
  • Another Day Of Life - Raúl De La Fuente, Damian Nenow (Sp, Pol)
  • Asako I & II – Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Jap)
  • Ash Is Purest White – Jia Zhangke (China, Fr, Jap)
  • Birds Of Passage – Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego (Col)
  • BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee (US)
  • Capharnaüm – Nadine Labaki (Leb)
  • Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski (Pol, Fr, UK)
  • First Man – Damien Chazelle (US)
  • Girl – Lukas Dhont (Bel, Neth)
  • Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda (Jap)
  • Petra – Jaime Rosales (Sp, Fr, Den)
  • ROMA – Alfonso Cuarón (Mex)
  • Summer – Kirill Serebrennikov (Rus, Fr)
  • The Angel – Luis Ortega (Arg, Sp)
  • The Sisters Brothers – Jacques Audiard (Fr, Bel, Rom, Sp)
  • Three Faces – Jafar Panahi (Iran)