San Sebastian chooses its Pearls

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Those who missed out on Pascal Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" at Berlin, Anton Corbijn's "Control" at Cannes or Etger Keret and Shira Geffen's Camera d'Or-winning "Jellyfish" will have another chance to see them at the 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.

The films will join five others from previous festivals in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section. Zabaltegi-Pearls will compete for the TCM Audience Award, which carries a €70,000 ($94,930) for the importer of the winning film. A second prize of €35,000 will go to the European film obtaining the most votes from the audience at the end of each screening.

Barbet Schroeder's "Terror's Advocate," Nadine Labaki's Lebanese beauty salon-centered "Caramel," Frank Oz's family drama "Death at a Funeral," Pen-ek Ratanaruang's entangled triangle story "Ploy" and Julian Schnabel's story of perseverance, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," will round out the showcase's slate.

Zabaltegi-Pearls also will offer special screenings of Carlos Saura's music-based "Fados," screening in Toronto; a restored version of Richard Lester's Beatles movie "Help"; and "Lou Reed's Berlin," Schnabel's tribute to Lou Reed's famous 2005 live performance.

Zabaltegi-Pearls is one of the most popular sections at the San Sebastian festival, which runs Sept. 20-29 in Spain's northern Basque region.
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