San Sebastian unveils Pearls sidebar

Twelve titles compete for audience award

MADRID -- Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading" and Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner "The Class" have all been locked for the Zabaltegi-Pearls section at the 56th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The section, which weaves together prizewinners from other festivals with international gems that not yet opened in Spain, has become one of the festival's most popular staples.

This year's list of 12 films will vie for the TCM Audience Award, worth 70,000 euros ($102,000) for the Spanish importer.

Zabaltegi-Pearls also will feature Sundance closing film "CSNY Deja Vu" as well as the latest releases from three directors who debuted their first works at San Sebastian before going on to obtain international recognition: Olivier Assayas, Majid Majidi and Simon Staho.

The Zabaltegi-Specials sidebar, showcasing films that don't compete for the prize, includes two new films from jury chairman Jonathan Demme -- "Rachel Getting Married" and documentary "Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes From a Concert" -- along with Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob's short "Retour a Tullins-Fures," as part of an homage to the French festival.

San Sebastian takes place Sept. 18-27 in Spain's northern Basque region.

A complete list of Pearls and Specials screenings follows:

Zabaltegi-Pearls
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Woody Allen
"The Song of the Sparrows," Majid Majidi
"Burn After Reading," Joel and Ethan Coen
"CSNY Deja Vu," Neil Young (Bernard Shakey)
"The Class," Laurent Cantet
"Happy-Go-Lucky," Mike Leigh
"Heaven's Heart," Simon Staho
"Hunger," Steve McQueen
"Summer Hours," Olivier Assayas
"Lake Tahoe," Fernando Eimbcke
"Lemon Tree," Eran Riklis
"Tokyo Sonata," Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Zabaltegi-Specials
"24 City," Jia Zhang Ke
"Atlantis," Signa Sinke
"Night Flowers," Juan Vicente Cordoba
"La Frontiere de l'Aube," Philippe Garrel
"Neil Young Trunk Show: Scenes From a Concert," Jonathan Demme
"Rachel Getting Married," Jonathan Demme
"Of Time and the City," Terene Davies
"Back to Tullins-Fures," Gilles Jacob and Samuel Faure
"Une Histoire Secrete du Cinema," Japonais, Yves Montmayeur
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