San Sebastian has revealed an impressive line-up of Spanish films for its official selection and New Directors section, including multi award winning director Fernando Trueba’s new drama The Dancer And The Thief and Oscar nominee Juan Jose Campanella’s The Secret In Their Eyes.
Campanella’s Spanish-Argentinian drama The Secret In Their Eyes will feature in competition at San Sebastian and stars Ricardo Darin as a recently retired judge who decides to write a book about a real murder case he was involved in with serious implications. Campanella was nominated for a foreign language Oscar for his 2001 film Son Of The Bride and has recently worked on several major US TV series, including Law & Order and House.
Screening out of competition is Trueba’s The Dancer And The Thief (El baile de la Victoria), the first feature in eight years from the Oscar winner for Belle Epoque. The film, sold by 6 Sales, stars Ricardo Darin, Abel Ayala and Miranda Bodenhoffer in a three-character romantic drama.
Other Spanish competition titles, which will also compete in the Zabaltegi New Directors section, include Javier Rebollo’s La Mujer Sin Piano, produced by Spanish outfits Avalon and Lolita Films and being sold by the broadcaster TVE, which covers 24 hours in the life of a modern day Spanish house-wife; Catalan director Isaki Lacuesta’s The Damned about two ex guerrilla’s who search for a lost comrade from 30 years before; and rising new directors Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro’s drama Me Too (Yo Tambien) about a young man with down syndrome who falls in love with a girl. Pastor’s short films Invulnerable (2005) and Uno Mas, Uno Menos (2002, co-directed by Naharro) picked up a total of 70 awards worldwide.
A further three Spanish titles will just be competing in the New Directors section, which features films from first and second time directors. They are Elisabet Cabeza and Esteve Riambau’s film Masks (Mascares) portraying the life of an actor behind the scenes as he prepares for a role as Orson Welles; Miguel Angel Jimenez Colmenar’s Ori about three Georgians all trying to get on with their lives after the Russian bombings; and Jabi Elortegi’s Perfect Happiness (Zorion Perfektua) about a young woman who struggles with her life and loves having witnessed an ETA attack.
More competition titles will be revealed soon.