The San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced 16 of the films which will compete in the official section of this year's 49th edition, which runs from September 20 to 29. The line-up, which will likely receive at least a couple of last minute additions, has a distinct European flavour. It also features one title each from the US and Australia and two each from Asia and Latin America.
The films competing for the festival's top Golden and Silver Shell awards include:
Butterfly Smile (He Jian Jun, China)
C'est La Vie (Jean-Pierre Ameris)
Under Construction (En Construccion) (Jose Luis Guerin, Spain)
Escape To Paradise (Nino Jacusso, Switzerland)
La Fuga (Eduardo Mignogna, Argentina-Spain)
The Grey Zone (Tim Blake Nelson, USA)
Juana La Loca (Vicente Aranda, Spain)
Lantana (Ray Lawrence, Australia)
Last Orders (Fred Schepisi, UK) Magonia (Ineke Smits, Holland)
Truly Human (Et Rigtigt Menneske) (Ake Sandgren, Denmark)
Taxi For Three (Taxi Para Tres) (Orlando Lubbert, Chile)
Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle (Le Velo De Ghislain Lambert) (Philippe Harel, France)
Visible Secret (Ann Hui, Hong Kong)
Visionaries (Visionarios) (Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, Spain)
The Warrior (Asif Kapadia, UK)
Ray Lawrence, Ineke Smits and Asif Kapadia will also compete for the New Director's prize against another 18 films in the festival's Zabaltegi (Open Zone) section.
Spain's premiere competitive international film event falls under the new direction this year of Mikel Olaciregui, the festival's former subdirector. Winners of last year's edition included Arturo Ripstein's The Ruination Of Men (La Perdicion De Los Hombres), and Reza Parsa's Before The Storm (Fore Stormen).