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",

looking at

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

"personal reasons."

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).