The San Sebastian film festival has added anothersix Spanish titles to its line-up, including Gabriel Velazquez's Amateurs, Daniel Hernandez's Ordinary Boys and Santiago Zannou's El Truco Del Mano, which will all compete in the Zabaltegi New Directors section.
In addition, Juan Vicente Cordoba's documentary Night Flowers (Flores De Luna) will compete in the Zabaltegi Specials section, local director Gorka Merchan's debut feature La Casa De Mi Padre will premiere in the Basque Cinema Day section, andMirtha Ibarra's Titon, De La Habana A Guantanamera, will screen in Horizontes Specials.
They join the Spanish films already announced, including Javier Fesser's Camino, Belen Macias' My Prison Yard (El Patio De Mi Cárcel) and Jaime Rosales' Tiro En La Cabeza, which will compete in the Official Selection, alongside Daniel Burman's El Nido Vacio (Argentina-Spain-France).
Other Spanish co-productions in the festival include Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Spain-US), which will open Zabaltegi-Pearls; Federico Vieroj's Acne (Uruguay-Argentina-Mexico-Spain) to compete in Horizontes Selection; and Andrea Martinez Crowther's Cosas Insignificantes (Mexico-Spain) in Zabaltegi.
Amateurs is Velázquez's second feature, following Sud Express, which appeared in Official Selection at San Sebastian in 2005, and tells the story of two women coping with loneliness.
Daniel Hernández makes his feature directorial debut with Ordinary Boys. Produced by Alea Docs & Films, the film is based on the lives of three youngsters from Jamaa Mezwak, the Tetuan slum and birthplace of five of the terrorists responsible for the Madrid bombings on March 11, 2004.
El Truco Del Manco is Zannou's first feature, following his shorts Cara sucia (2004) and Mercancias (2005). It tells the story of Enrique Heredia, 'El Cuajo', a non-Gypsy with Gypsy features who tries to get by with walking difficulties caused by cerebral palsy. He is played by Juan Manuel Montilla, leader of the Gypsy hip hop group La Excepcion.
Cordoba's Night Flowers traces the evolution of the Madrid district Pozo del Tio Raimundo, reflecting Spanish society, the class war, solidarity and citizen participation over a period of more than 50 years. Cordoba's film Aunque Tú No Lo Sepas participated in Zabaltegi - New Directors in 2000.
Merchan's La Casa De Mi Padre tells the story of a businessman who returns home to Spain after 10 years in Argentina to be re-united with his brother who is dying and to help his nephew play the pelota.
Ibarra's Titon, De La Habana A Guantanamera is a documentary about the lifeand works of the renowned Cuban director Tomas Gutierrez Alea Titon (1928-1996).