Cronenberg's 'Promises' to open San Seb

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MADRID -- A pair of thrillers from two internationally acclaimed directors, David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" and Michael Radford's "Flawless," will bookend the 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, festival organizers announced Tuesday.

Cronenberg's "Promises," his follow-up to "A History of Violence," will open the festival's main competition. Set in London's organized crime world, "Promises' " tale of a Mafioso and an innocent but determined woman stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts.

"Flawless," starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine, will close the festival in an out of competition slot. Radford's heist pic centers on the attempted robbery of the world's biggest diamond corporation.

Natural history documentary "Earth," from the makers of the documentary hit "Deep Blue" (BBC and Germany's Greenlight Media), will screen out of competition as part of San Sebastian's Official Section.

Directed by Alasair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the film follows the seasonal migration of certain animals, highlighting contrasts between different parts of the planet. Lionsgate holds U.S., U.K. and Australian rights.

Previously announced out of competition title "The Inner Life of Martin Frost," directed by jury member and novelist Paul Auster, will screen in the festival's Official Section.

The festival runs Sept. 20-29.
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