Neil Jordan's The Good Thief will open the official competition section of this year's 50th anniversary edition of Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 19-28).

Thief, which will also screen at next month's Toronto International Film Festival, competes for San Sebastian's top Golden and Silver Shell awards alongside seventeen other films.

Prior to the fest's inauguration further titles may be added to the current list, which now includes:

Controversial Mexican hit El Crimen Del Padre Amaro from director Carlos Carrera (Mex/Sp/Fr/Arg);
Paul Scrader's Auto Focus, also screening in Toronto, based on real events surrounding the mysterious death of 1960s US television actor Bob Crane (USA);
Aro Tolbukhin En La Mente Del Asesino, a false documentary set in Guatemala in 1981, from directors Agusti Villaronga, Lydia Zimmerman and Isaac P Racine (Sp/Mex);
Susanne Bier's Dogme film Open Hearts (Elsker Dig For Evigt) (Den);
Baltasar Kormakur's family drama The Sea (Hafid), which also competes for the fest's New Director's Prize (Ice/Nor);
Chen Kaige's return to his native China with Together (Han Ni Zai Yiki);
Carlos Sorin's Patagonia-set Minimal Stories (Historias Minimas) (Arg/Sp);

Gonzalo Justiniano's El Leyton, the first digital film shot in Chile;
The Lover (Lubovnik), the story of a man's obsessive search for his deceased wife's lover, from Russia's Valeri Todorovsky;
Common Places (Lugares Comunes), director Adolfo Aristarain's twentieth film made together with star Federico Luppi (Arg);
Fernando Leon's social drama Mondays In The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol) starring Javier Bardem (Sp/Fr/It);
Octavia, which marks a return to feature films for veteran Spanish director Basilio Martin Patino (Sp);
Eoin Moore's Pigs Will Fly, about a man's search for self when his world falls apart (Ger);
Kei Kumai's The Sea Watches (Umi Wa Miteita), the film Japenese master Akira
Kurosawa intended to make before his death (Jap);
French director Olivier Dahan's La Vie Promise, about the relationship between a mother and daughter on the run (Fr);
Niki Caro's Whale Rider, also competing for the New Director's Award (NZ/Ger);
Farhad Mehranfar's The Winter Song, the director's third film at San Sebastian (Iran);
Prince Chatri Chalerm Yukol's Thai box office hit The Legend Of Suriyothai, produced and edited by Francis Ford Coppola (Out of Competition).