Tough subjects for San Seb

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Argentinian romantic comedy "Lovely Loneliness" and U.S. titles "Frozen River," starring Melissa Leo, and "Letters From Death Row" will vie with 13 other films for the coveted New Directors Award at the 56th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The €90,000 ($133,000) prize will be split between the director and the Spanish distributor of the film.

This year's lineup, announced Friday, is true to form, emphasizing such hard-hitting subjects as crime, drugs, old-age loneliness, missing children and prison.

One of the most anticipated titles is "Death Row," Kevin Feng Ke's look at a maximum-security Chinese prison.

The fest runs Sept. 18-27. (partialdiff)
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