Four More Titles Added to San Sebastian Official Competition

"Foxfire"
"Foxfire"
 

MADRID -- Laurent Cantet, Costa-Gavras, Bahman Ghobadi and Lasse Hallstrom complete the list of directors to compete at next month's 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Capital is the latest work by Costa-Gavras, winner of an Academy Award, prizes at Cannes and Berlin and director of such classics as (1969), État de siege (1972), Missing (1982) and Music Box (1989). Capital is the story of the unstoppable ascent of Marc Tourneuil, an expendable servant of the capital who became its undisputed master.

As Costa-Gavras said in a statement, “We are slaves to the capital. We tremble when it trembles. We celebrate when it grows and triumphs. Who will set us free? Should we liberate ourselves? We should at the very least know those who serve it and how." The film stars Gad Elmaleh and Gabriel Byrne.

Cantet, who in 1999 won the New Directors Award at San Sebastian with Ressources humaines (Human Resources) and winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2008 with his previous film, Entre les murs (The Class), portrays in his new film, Foxfire, a group of girls living in a small New York city in 1953 who form the secret girls’ society. The gang sets out on a trip of vengeance to fulfil the impossible dream of living by their own rules and laws, no matter what happens.

Swedish director Hallstrom comes to San Sebastian with The Hypnotist, adapted from Lars Kepler's best seller about the investigations of a detective who pairs with a hypnotist to uncover the author of a savage killing.

Iranian Ghobadi has already bagged two Golden Shells at San Sebastian: in 2004 with Turtles Can Fly and in 2006 with Niwemang (Half Moon). His latest film Rhino Season tells the tale of Sahel, an Iranian-Kurdish poet newly released from a 30-year prison sentence who thinks of nothing but finding his wife. But she thinks he is dead. Monica Bellucci and Behrouz Vossoughi topline the film.

San Sebastian runs from Sept. 21-29 in Spain's northern Basque region.

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