San Sebastian Reveals Titles for Official Competition

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William Oldroyd and Bertrand Bonello are among those set to compete for the top prize.

Bertrand Bonello, Hong Sang-soo, Arnaud des Pallieres and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte will see their latest works compete in the Official Selection of the 64th San Sebastian International Film Festival organizers announced Friday, as they revealed seven titles in the lineup.

Two French favorites compete for the first time in San Sebastian, Bonellos and des Pallieres. Bonellos’ Nocturama, shot in Paris in November prior to the attacks that rocked the French capital, tells the story of a group of adolescents that seems to follow a strangely choreographed plan every night. Des Pallieres’ Orpheline, starring Adele Haenel, Adele Exarchopoulos, Solene Rigot and former Bond girl Gemma Arterton focuses on key moments in the lives of four women.

Cult Korean director Sang-soo, whose previous works Hahaha (2010), Our Sunhi (2013) and Right Now, Wrong Then (2015) reaped accolades on the festival circuit, comes to San Sebastian this year with Yourself and Yours.

Chilean writer and director Fernando Guzzoni returns to San Sebastian after winning the Kutxa New Director award in 2012 for his first feature, Carne de Perro, with his newest work Jesus, which participated in the 2013 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum. Jesus, a father-son tale, portrays the inter-generational conflict of a society.

Three directors will also see their feature debuts compete for San Sebastian’s top prize, the Gold Shell.

Actor-director Joris-Peyrafitte, 23, brings As You Are, which shows the friendship between two social misfits. William Oldroyd, whose short Best won the London Sundance festival, brings period piece Lady MacBeth, working from promising scriptwriter Alice Birch’s screenplay. Johannes Nyholm wrote and directed the Swedish-Danish co-production The Giant.

The seven titles join the previous eight titles announced last month that will vie for the Gold Shell. San Sebastian runs Sept. 16-24 in Spain’s northern Basque region.

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