The Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival hasunveiled 15 of the titles set to compete for the official competition's GoldenShell prize at this year's 52nd edition (Sept 17-25) - showing off ahigh-profile and geographically balanced international line-up.
Following the inauguration by Woody Allen'sout-of-competition comedy Melinda AndMelinda are new films from well-known international directors such as JohnSayles (Silver City), MichaelWinterbottom (Nine Songs) andDenmark's Susanne Bier (Brothers).
Always strong across the Spanish-speaking markets, SanSebastian's competition this year also welcomes new works by Argentina's AdolfoAristarain (Roma), Carlos Sorin (
European entries include Francois Dupeyron's
From Serbia-Montenegro, Goran Paskaljevic's
China's Xu Jinglei and South Korea's Song Il-gon representAsia with, respectively, A Letter Of AnUnknown Woman and Spider Forest.
Many of the directors present have a history with SanSebastian: Dupeyron and Aristarain are both previous winners of the GoldenShell; Winterbottom was the subject of a retrospective last year and Sayles in1994; and Sorin won the special jury prize in 2002 for Minimal Stories (Historias Minimas).
Georgian director Dito Tsintsadze's German film