San Sebastian unveils retrospectives

Richard Brooks, French cinema to be celebrated

LONDON -- The works of U.S. filmmaker Richard Brooks, a member of the so-called "generation of violence," will be the subject of a retrospective during this year's San Sebastian Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

Brooks, who won a best screenplay Oscar for "Elmer Gantry" in 1960, started out as a penning thrillers in the 1940s, including "Brute Force" and "Key Largo."

He went on to direct such films as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Sweet Bird of Youth" and his resume includes a slew of literary adaptations including Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim" and Fedor Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov."

San Sebastian organizers also said the festival will host a retrospective titled "Backwash: The Cutting Edge of French Cinema," which will look at the last 10 years of Gallic output.

The 40-title retrospective is expected to include titles from filmmakers including Laurent Cantet, Bruno Dumont, Arnaud Desplechin, Nicolas Klotz, Gaspar Noe, Jacques Audiard, Robin Campillo, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Alexandre Aja, Christophe Honore and Pascal Laugier.

Organizers said the early announcement of this year's festival retrospectives is to allay fears that the event will suffer amid the harsh economic climate.

"Despite the delicate financial situation, San Sebastian is finding a great deal of interest and desire to collaborate in companies repeating their sponsorship and others joining the initiative for the first time this year," organizers said. "This outlook means that we are now busy working on putting together an attractive program offering the expected standards of quality while suitably tightening our belts in keeping with these times of moderation."

This year's festival runs Sept. 17-26.
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