San Sebastian has announced that British director Richard Eyre's romantic drama The Other Man will open the festival in official selection, out of competition, and US director Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom will be the closing film.
The Other Man is a romantic tale involving a love triangle between Antonio Banderas, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, based on the novel Flights Of Love by German author Bernard Schlink. Eyre has already built a reputation for complex romantic dramas with his films Iris, Stage Beauty and Notes On A Scandal.
Johnson's second feature, The Brother's Bloom, following Brick, which picked up the Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2005, follows the travails of three conmen, played by Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rinko Kikuchi, who trek around the world with a beautiful and eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) in order to swindle her out of her money. The film will play in official selection, out of competition.
Two more films have also been added to the 13 films in competition. They are Canadian director Lea Pool's Maman Est Chez Le Coiffeur, a moving drama set in the 1960s about a young girl abandoned by her mother and forced to look after her family, and French film Louise-Michel, from directors Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepine, a comedy about a group of factory workers who find themselves out of jobs and so decide to hire a hitman to take out their old boss.
Both films are international premieres.