King to hold court in San Sebastian

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MADRID -- A retrospective focusing on U.S. director Henry King and a thematic sidebar named Cold Fever are the first sections announced by organizers of the 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The announcement Friday came at the presentation of this year's official poster, designed by communication and graphic design artist Oscar Marine.

Organizers also announced an increase in the prize money for the different sections. The TCM Audience Award will be worth €70,000 ($94,500), up from €30,000 ($40,500), with a new second prize for the top European vote-getter in the category receiving €35,000 ($47,300). While in the Latin Horizons section, the winning film, as voted on by an international jury, will receive €35,000 this year compared with €18,000 ($24,300) in previous editions.

Calling him "one of North American cinema's great pioneers," the festival said that King (1892-1982) deserved a retrospective of his work. His films include "The Gunfighter" (1950), "The Bravados" (1958), "Beloved Infidel" (1959), "Tender Is the Night" (1961) and "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" (1955).

The Cold Fever sidebar showcases the Dogma film movement.

This modern, cutting view of a society has established directors of international acclaim, including Lars Von Trier and Aki Kaurismaki, and introduced a new generation of filmmakers such as Thomas Vinterberg, Susanne Bier, Per Fly, Simon Staho, Lukas Moodyson, Hans Peter Molland, Baltsar Kormakur, Anders Thomas Jensen, Erik Richter Strand, Peter Schonau Fog and Ragnar Bragason.

A selection of some 30 films made from 1995 to the present in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland will be showcased during the festival, which runs Sept. 20-29.

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