San Sebastian Festival Adds Julianne Moore, Ellen Page Drama to Competition Lineup

'Freeheld,' which also stars Michael Shannon and Steve Carell, and new films from Liu Hao and Joachim Lafosse will screen at the 63rd edition of the premium Spanish fest.

The 63rd edition of Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival has added three competition titles to its official selection lineup.

Organizers on Tuesday unveiled the new competition films that will screen at the event next month. They are Chinese director Liu Hao's Back to the North (Xiang bei fang), Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse's The White Knights (Les chevaliers blancs) and Peter Sollett's period civil rights drama Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Steve Carell.

Freeheld tells the true story of a police detective who fought government officials for equal treatment when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Organizers also said on Tuesday that the festival's New Directors section will close with Swedish production Thieves Honor (Tjuvheder), directed by Peter Gronlund.

The festival previously said it would open with Alejandro Amenabar's Regression. The dark thriller from the Spanish director behind The Others and The Sea Inside stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke. The plot revolves around a father who is accused of a crime he has no memory of committing.

San Sebastian's closing film will be Rufus Norris' London Road, it was previously also announced. It is an adaptation of the musical of the same name, based on real-life events in Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet town of Ipswich was shaken by the discovery of the bodies of five murdered women. The film stars Olivia Colman, Tom Hardy and others.

The festival also previously announced the movies that will compete for its Golden Shell award.

The Spanish festival will this year also shine the spotlight on Japanese independent film and celebrate the works of Hollywood Golden Age filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack (King Kong) in a retrospective.

The San Sebastian Film Festival takes place Sept. 18-26.

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