Seven tapped for San Seb competition

Daniel Burman, Kim Ki-duk films in official section

MADRID -- The latest films from Daniel Burman, Christopher Honore, Kim Ki-duk and Jaime Rosales will compete at the 56th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Thursday as they revealed the first seven titles in the official section.

Burman, who won the Silver Bear at Berlin in 2004 with "Lost Embrace," comes to San Sebastian with "The Empty Nest."

Honore's "La Belle Personne," transports the classic novel "La Princesse de Cleves" to present-day Paris, starring Louis Garrel, while Korean director Kim will screen his look at hidden desires, "Bi Mong" (Dream), and Rosales returns to San Sebastian with "Tiro en la Cabeza" (Shot in the Head).

Danish director Kristian Levring's "Fear Me Not," co-written with Oscar winner Anders Thomas Jensen, and Palestinian director Rashid Masharawi's look at daily life in Ramallah, "Laila's Birthday," also will compete, along with U.S. director Courtney Hunt's directorial debut, "Frozen River."

Also rumored to be screening at this year's fest is Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Festival organizers had no comment on local media reports that the comedy, which filmed in Spain and debuted at May's Festival de Cannes, will unspool in the seaside town.

San Sebastian is set for Sept. 18-27 in Spain's northern Basque region.
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