'Chloe,' 'Mother and Child' bookend San Seb

San Sebastian unveils additional 11 titles in official lineup

MADRID -- Four-time Cannes festival winner Atom Egoyan's "Chloe" and Rodrigo Garcia's female driven drama "Mother and Child" will bookend the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival's Official Section competition, organizers announced Friday as they unveiled an additional 11 titles in the official lineup.

Egoyan's thriller "Chloe" stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried and tells of a doctor who invites an escort to seduce her husband. The film will open the official competition for the top honor of the Golden Shell award.

Executive produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Garcia's film stars Naomi Watts, Annette Benning and Samuel L. Jackson.

Both films will come off world premieres at Toronto, answering to San Sebastian's always-challenging task to snag top-level premieres coming on the heels of the Canadian event. In fact, most of the official lineup has played elsewhere.

Iranian Mahammad Rasoulof's "The White Meadows" -- follow up to Iranian censorship piece "Head Wind" is one of the few to screen first in San Sebastian.

Matthias Glasner's look at love games "This is Love," Aaron Schneider's "Get Low," starring Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall, and Anna Kokkinos' "Blessed" about seven children wandering the streets while their mother awaits their return have all played elsewhere.

"Our philosophy is to screen quality cinema and give the media and industry attention these films deserve," said festival director Mikel Olacerigui.

Three of France's contemporary directors will compete for this year's Golden Shell. Bruno Dumont, having bagged the Cannes Grand Jury Prize twice with "L'Humanite" (1999) and "Flanders" (2006), comes to San Sebastian with "Hadewijch," produced by 3B Productions. Francois Ozon, who previously competed at San Sebastian with "Sous le sable" (2002), will present his "The Refuge." And Christophe Honore returns to the Official Selection for the second consecutive year with "Making Plans for Lena," starring Chiara Mastroianni, Marie-Christine Barrault and Jean-Marc Barr. Le Pact handles sales for the latter two.

Two films from this year's Asian filmmaking industries will compete: Jeon Soo-il's "I Came from Busan" (Korea) about a woman giving her baby up for adoption and Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death" (China), recently picked up by National Geographic Entertainment for North America.

The festival has previously announced six titles to run in the Official Section, including Fernando Trueba's "The Dancer and the Thief," with Six Sales handling international sales, and Juan Jose Campanella's "The Secret in their Eyes," starring Ricardo Darin and handled by Latido Films.
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