Making his first announcement about content, Mikel
Olaciregui, the new director of the San Sebastian
International Film Festival, unveiled a 2001 programme
containing three retrospective sections.
The festival, now in its 49th edition (Sept 20-29),
will feature a "classic" retrospective dedicated to US
director Frank Borzage, a "contemporary" retrospective
of the works of director Otar Iosseliani and a
"thematic" sidebar called "It happened yesterday",
how the 20th century was portrayed in the movies.
The announcement and simultaneous unveiling of this
year's poster designs were made Friday (May 4) in San
Sebastian by Olaciregui, who took over in January
after long-time festival head Diego Galan resigned for
Friday's gathering has become a traditional
pre-Cannes event for the press and local cultural
figures in the northern Basque town. It follows on the
heels of the festival's increasingly high profile US
promotional party on April 17 at the home of
artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel in New York (Screen
International, Apr 27-May 3).
Winners last year included Arturo Ripstein for The
Ruination Of Men (La Perdicion De Los Hombres) and
Reza Parsa for Before The Storm (Fore Stormen).