Festival adds three special screenings.
The San Sebastian Film Festival has added three special screenings, among them Arnold Schwarzenegger-narrated and produced nature documentary Wonders Of The Sea 3D, which is due to get its world premiere at the event.
The film, shot underwater over three years in locations from Fiji to the Bahamas, is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, together with Jean-Jacques Mantello.
Also added are Albert Dupontel’s See You Up There and Japanese animation Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom?, both of which get their international premieres.
These three films make up the Official Selection special screenings section together with the already-announced Morir by Fernando Franco.
The festival has announced 18 of the Official Selection titles with more films still to be revealed.
Special screenings (synopses provided by San Sebastian):
AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT / SEE YOU UP THERE
ALBERT DUPONTEL (FRANCE)
November 1919. Two survivors of the trenches set up a scam based on war memorials. One is a brilliant illustrator, the other an unassuming accountant. In the France of the Roaring Twenties, their operation becomes as dangerous as it is spectacular… Adaptation of Pierre Lemaitre’s novel The Big Swindle, winner of the Prix Goncourt.
FERNANDO FRANCO (SPAIN)
The lives of Luis and Marta are abruptly paralysed. Lies, guilt and fear put the couple’s stability and love to the test.
UCHIAGE HANABI, SHITA KARA MIRUKA? YOKO KARA MIRUKA? / FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM?
AKIYUKI SHINBO, NOBUYUKI TAKEUCHI (JAPAN)
Summer break in a town by the sea. / One day before a firework festival, / classmates excitedly discuss whether / “fireworks are round or flat when they’re viewed from the side”. / Their classmate Nazuna, who Norimichi has a crush on, / is lost in her own thoughts after learning that / her mother, who is getting remarried, / is making her transfer schools. / “Let’s elope”. / Nazuna asks Norimichi to run away with her but gets caught by her mother, / who drags her home. Norimichi can’t do anything but watch helplessly. “If I had…” / Norimichi, frustrated with himself for not helping Nazuna, / throws a mysterious ball Nazuna found on the beach. / Then suddenly, time gets rewound to the moment / before Nazuna is forced to go home… / What does fate have in store for Nazuna and Norimichi / at the end of the day that keeps repeating itself? / When fireworks light up the sky, a miracle of love occurs.
WONDERS OF THE SEA 3D
JEAN-MICHEL COUSTEAU, JEAN-JACQUES MANTELLO (UK - FRANCE)
Shot in 3D over three years in locations ranging from Fiji to the Bahamas, the film takes us underwater on a thrilling submarine voyage beneath the seas that cover 71% of our planet’s surface. Spectacular documentary produced and narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, mythical star of The Terminator and Total Recall. A film with the mission to raise awareness on the treasures of the sea and the need to preserve them. Co-directed by the son of the emblematic pioneer of scientific dissemination Jacques-Yves Cousteau.