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The San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain’s premiere cinema event, has unveiled the Spanish-language titles that will premiere at the 2021 event in September.
Fernando León de Aranoa’s comedy The Good Boss, starring Javier Bardem as a company owner willing to go to extreme lengths to win a local business excellence award; Paco Plaza’s Madrid-based horror movie La abuela starring Karina Kolokolchykova, Chacha Huang, Almudena Amor, and Vera Valdez; Iciar Bollain’s real-life drama Maixabel; and Jonás Trueba’s Quien Lo Impide will all premiere in competition at San Sebastian. Out of competition highlights include The Daughter from director Manuel Martin Cuenca, starring Javier Gutiérrez, Patricia López Arnaiz and Irene Virgüez, and La Fortuna, a thriller series for Spanish pay-TV group Moviestar+ directed by Alejandro Amenabar (The Others, The Sea Inside), and starring
Pedro Casablanc, T’Nia Miller, Karra Elejalde, Clarke Peters, and Ana Polvorosa.
Carlos Saura’s short film Rosa Rosae. A Spanish Civil War Elegy will screen as part of San Sebastian’s opening gala on Sept. 17 and Daniel Monzón’s Las leyes de la frontera will be the 2021 closing film Sept. 25. In total, 14 Spanish productions will screen across the festival’s various sections.
The breadth and diversity of this year’s selection underscores how Spain has become a production hub over the past few years, driven in large part by major investment from global streamers and local broadcasters in local-language series and helped by Spain’s generous 30 percent tax credit for local and visiting productions.
The San Sebastian lineup also includes numerous Spanish-language productions from Latin America, including Ivan Fund’s Dusk Stone from Argentina and the Colombia-set They Carry Death from directors Helena Giron and Samuel M. Delgado, both of which will screen in San Sebastian’s Horizontes Latinos sidebar.
Earlier this month, San Sebastian announced the first films in its main competition, with highlights including Terence Davies’ Benediction, a biopic starring Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi at different moments in the life of the soldier and anti-war poet Siegfried Sassoon; Fever Dream, the new drama from Peruvian director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow); and Fire on the Plain from director Zhang Ji, a Chinese thriller executive produced by Diao Yinan, director of 2014 Berlin Festival winner Black Coal, Thin Ice.
The full lineup of Spanish-language films at the 2021 San Sebastian Film Festival.
The Good Boss, dir: Fernando León de Aranoa
La abuela, dir: Paco Plaza
Maixabel, dir: Iciar Bollain
Quien Lo Impide, dir: Jonás Trueba
Out of Competition
La Fortuna, dir: Alejandro Amenabar
The Daughter, dir: Manuel Martin Cuenca,
Opening Night Short Film
Rosa Rosae. A Spanish Civil War Elegy, dir: Carlos Saura
Closing Night Film
Las leyes de la frontera, dir: Daniel Monzón
Between Two Dawns, dir: Selman Nacar
Josephine, dir: Javier Marco
Dusk Stone, dir: Ivan Fund
They Carry Death, dirs: Helena Giron, Samuel M. Delgado
Heltzear, dir: Mikel Gurrea
Competencia Oficial, dirs: Gaston Duprat, Mariano Cohn (opening night film)
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