San Sebastian Unveils First Competition Titles, Will Screen Pablo Escobar Film With Javier Bardem

The first two episodes of 'La Peste' ('The Plague') will screen, marking the first time the festival's official selection will include a TV series.

The San Sebastian Film Festival on Friday unveiled the first competition titles for its 65th edition.

The event, set to run Sept. 22-30, will in its competition program premiere Life and Nothing More, the second film by Antonio Mendez Esparza; Handia, the latest pic from Jon Garano and Aitor Arregi; and El autor, by Manuel Martin Cuenca. The competition winner is honored with the Golden Shell award.

Loving Pablo, by Fernando Leon de Aranoa and starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, will be the closing-night film of the Pearls section and screen out of competition. The drama tells "the true story of the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who killed thousands, made billions and struck up an unlikely love affair with his polar opposite, a glamorous television host named Virginia Vallejo."

The out-of-competition screenings unveiled Friday include Marrowbone, the directorial debut of screenwriter Sergio Sanchez, and the first two episodes of Spanish TV series La Peste (The Plague), directed by Alberto Rodriguez. This marks the first time the San Sebastian festival's official selection will include a TV show.

Special screenings announced include Morir (Dying), the second film by Fernando Franco, and La Cordillera (The Summit) from Santiago Mitre.

Below is a list of all of the San Sebastian titles announced thus far.

COMPETITION

El autor, Manuel Martin Cuenca
Handia, Aitor Arregi, Jon Garano
Life and Nothing More, Antonio Mendez Esparza

OUT OF COMPETITION

Marrowbone, Sergio G. Sanchez
La Peste, Alberto Rodriguez

SPECIAL SCREENING

Morir, Fernando Franco

SPECIAL SCREENING, DONOSTIA AWARD

The Summit, Santiago Mitre

TVE SPECIAL SCREENING

Holy Camp!, Javier Calvo

PEARLS

Loving Pablo, Fernando Leon de Aranoa

NEW DIRECTORS

Alberto Garcia-Alix, La linea de la sombra, Nicolas Combarro
Princesita, Marialy Rivas

HORIZONTES LATINOS

A Fantastic Woman, Sebastian Lelio
Rey’s Education, Santiago Esteves

ZABALTEGI-TABAKLAERA SCREENINGS

A Lot of Kids, and a Monkey and a Castle, Gustavo Salmeron
Shame, Juan Cavestany, Alvaro Fernandez Armero
Saura(s), Felix Viscarret

VELODROME SCREENINGS

Fe de Etarras, Borja Cobeaga
Operacion Concha, Antoni Cuadri

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