Sunday, September 09, 2012

60th San Sebastian Film Festival Lineup

Been waiting for the official site to publish complete info and finally is up in English. Lineup with a few exceptions seems interesting as has some films that are must be seen for me, but I knew about many before the fest officially announced them. According to what I see in the fest official site the fest will screen a total of 230 films.

Here are the films in the three main competitive sections of this festival that will run from September 21st to 29th.

Official Selection

Opening Film: Arbitrage, Nicholas Jarcki, USA
All Apologies, Emily Tang, China
El Artista y La Modelo, Fernando Trueba, Spain
The Attack, Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma, Lebanon, France, Qatar, Belgium
Blancanieves (Snow White), Pablo Berger, Spain and France
Le Capital (Capital), Costa-Gavras, France
Dans La Maison (In The House), François Ozon, France
Días de pesca (Gone Fishing), Carlos Sorín, Argentina
Die Lebeden (The Dead and The Living), Barbara Albert, Austria, Poland and Germany
Fasle Kargadan (Rhino Season), Bahman Ghobadi, Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan
Foxfire, Laurent Cantet, France and Canada
Hypnotisören (The Hypnotist), Lasse Hallström, Sweden
El Muerto y Ser Feliz (The Dead Man and Being Happy), Javier Rebollo, Spain, Argentina and France
Venuto al Mondo (Twice Born), Sergio Castellitto, Italy and Spain

President: Christine Vauchon, producer USA
Mia Hansen-Løve, director, France
Julie Taymor, director, USA
Agusti Villaronga, director, Spain
Ricardo Darin, actor, Argentina
Peter Suschitzky, cinematographer, Poland
Michel Gaztambide, screenwriter,

Out of Competition

Closing Film: Quartet, Dustin Hoffman, UK
Argo, Ben Affleck, USA
¡Atraco!, Eduard Cortés, Spain and Argentina
The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona, Spain

New Directors

7 Cajas (7 Boxes), Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, Paraguay
Animals, Marçal Forés, Spain
Carne de Perro (Dog Flesh), Fernando Guzzoni, Chile, France and Germany
Chaika (Seagull), Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Spain, Georgia and Russia
Cores (Colors), Francisco Garcia, Brazil
Draussen Ist Sommer (Summer Outside), Friederike Jehn, Germany and Switzerland
Los Increíbles (The Incredibles), David Valero, Spain (documentary)
Le Jour des Corneilles (Day of The Crows), Jean-Christophe Dessaint, France and Belgium (animation)
Layali Bala Noom (Sleepless Nights), Elaine Raheb, Lebanon, Dubai, Qatar, Palestine and France
El Limpiador (The Cleaner), Adrián Saba, Peru
The Love Songs of Tiedan, Hao Jie, China
Parviz, Majid Barzegar, Iran
Rocker, Marian Crisan, Romania, France and Germany
Shell, Scott Graham, UK
Shesh Peamin (Six Acts), Jonathan Gurfinkel, Israel
Silent City, Threes Anna, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium
Viceværten (A Caretaker's Tale), Katrine Wiedemann, Denmark

President: Katayoon Shahbi, producer, Iran
Radu Muntean, director, Romania
Demetrios Matheou, writer and film critic, UK
Lourdes Oñederra, writer, Spain
Diana Sánchez, TIFF programmer and now IFF Panama Artistic Director

Horizontes Latinos

Opening Film: Infancia Clandestina (Clandestine Childhood), Benjamín Ávila, Argentina, Spain and Brazil
Aquí y allá, Antonio Méndez Esparza, Mexico, Spain and USA
El Bella Vista (The Bella Vista), Alicia Cano, Uruguay and Germany (documentary)
La Demora (The Delay), Rodrigo Plá, Uruguay, Mexico and France
Despues de Luicia, Michel Franco, Mexico
Era Uma Vez Eu, Veronica (Once Upon A Time Was I, Veronica), Marcelo Gomes, Brasil
Joven & Alocada (Young & Wild), Marialy Rivas, Chile
La Playa, Juan Andrés Arango, Colombia, Brazil and France
Post Tenebras Lux, Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, France, Germany and Netherlands
Salsipuedes, Mariano Luque, Argentina
La Sirga, William Vega, Colombia, Mexico and France
El Ultimo Elvis, Armando Bo, Argentina and USA

President: Jorge Dexler, musician, Uruguay
Fernanda del Nido, producer, Argentina
Sandro Fiorin, producer

Ewan McGregor, Tommy Lee Jones, and John Travolta will receive the Donostia Award as well as Dustin Hoffman and Oliver Stone the Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award. To check films info for above sections plus films in other sections go here.

Definitively Castellitto film calls my attention but I'm puzzled with the casting; been following everything about Paraguay's 7 Boxes as seems film is my kind of film; glad to find a new Marian Crisan movie that seems to have great visuals - similar to Mungiu's latest film. Lasse Hallström and Laurent Cantet films are highly attractive for me, as well as became really interested in Bahman Ghobadi's film. But most interesting to find a new Rodrigo Plá movie plus the latest Costa-Gavras film that instantly become must be seen for me.

As we know the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year is given at the fest opening gala; FIPRESCI already announced the film and is none other than Amour (Love) by Michael Haneke. From the Thematic Retrospectives, worth mention is the In Progress - Ten Years With Latin America Cinema as for those that enjoy non-traditional cinema from the region, films to be screened make a great list to check films you may have forgotten, list is here.

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