The Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 15-24), now in its 53rd edition, has unveiled13 more predominantly European and Asian features selected to complete thisyear's official competition.
Among the high-profiledirectors throwing in their hat are Terry Gilliam, with his Texas-set tale of ayoung girl's fantasy world in Tideland, and Michael Winterbottom's period comedy A Cock And Bull Story based on the classic The Life And Opinions OfTristram Shandy. Both titles arealready set to play at the Toronto Intenational Film Festival (Sept 8-17),which runs just before San Sebastian.
Many of this year's invitedfilmmakers have been present in previous years at San Sebastian - Gilliam andWinterbottom as subjects of retrospectives, for example, and others as pastcompetitors.
From Latin American comeslast year's Films in Progress winner Tristan Bauer with Iluminados Por ElFuego, a tale about a man who goesback to the Falkland Islands twenty years later to close old war wounds.
Other European directors incompetition include: Per Fly, with Manslaughter (Drabet), the third in a trilogy of films turning onDenmark's social classes; fellow Dane Simon Staho's love story about a businessman down on his luck, Bang Bang Orangutang; and Germany's Andreas Dresen, with Summer From The Balcony (SommerVorm Balkon), about two young womenin big city Berlin.
The line-up also includesDenis Tanovic's No Man's Landfollow-up, L'Enfer, the story ofthree sisters overcoming a childhood tragedy based on a script by Kieslowskiwhich is also set to screen at Toronto; Anne Fontaine's Entre Ses Mains, about a woman fascinated by a dark seductor; andStephane Brize's unexpected-love story Je Ne Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime, also competing for the New Director's prize.
Two Asian directors are inthe ring: China's Zhang Yang, with his sweeping family drama set against hiscountry's recent past, Sunflower (Xiang Ri Kui) - which also plays at Toronto; and South Korean Hur Jin-ho's April Snow, about the profound relationship that arises betweenthe spouses of two lovers sent into a coma by a car accident.
Slovenia's Jan Cvitkovicwill also compete for the New Director's award with his second feature, Gravehopping(Odgrobadogroba), a comedy about asmalltown funeral speechwriter; as will the Czech Republic's Bohdan Slama,whose Something Like Happiness (Stesty) turns on three childhood friends who get back intouch.
The festival has not yetannounced the section's closing film. Local director Montxo Armendariz willinaugurate San Sebastian this year with his Obaba. Other previously announced Spanish participantsinclude: Fabian Bielinsky's Nine Queens follow-up The Aura (El Aura), a co-production with Argentina; AlbertoRodriguez's Toronto bound 7 Virgins (7 Virgenes); Manuel Martin Cuenca's Malas Temporadas; Moroccan Farida Benlyazid's La Vida Perra DeJuanita Narboni; and Chema de laPena and Gabriel Velazquez's Sud Express.