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MADRID – San Sebastian Film Festival organizers announced on Wednesday nine titles which will compete for the Kutxa New Directors prize at the event next month, and two fresh additions to the official selection for the top Golden Shell award.
The debut films include U.S. production Silver Tongues, about a couple involved in a game of destruction with people who cross their path, helmed by Simon Arthur, and from Britain, Dexter Fletcher’s Wild Bill, the tale of an ex-convict who returns from prison and finds himself raising his teenage boys.
Asian titles to be unspooled are Ending Note (Death of a Japanese Salesman), a documentary examining the last months in the life of the father of director Mami Sunada, and Hiung-Thu (Scars), by South Korean Lim Woo-Seong, about the emotional sufferings of a woman with an unfaithful husband.
Germany will be represented by Der Fluss War Einst Ein Mensch (The River Used to be a Man), chronicling the story of a young German lost in Africa directed by Jan Zabeil, and the Chilean co-production, Sentados Frente al Fuego (By the Fire), narrating the love story between a man and a woman afflicted with a terminal illness.
Other European productions are Iceland’s dramatic comedy A Annan Veg (Either Way) by Hafsteinn Gunnar, Stilllben (Still Life) by Austrian director Sebastian Meise, about a father who frequents prostitutes, and the French-Israeli co-production Emek Tiferet (A Beautiful Valley) reflecting the passage of time at a kibbutz as seen through the eyes of an old woman.
Organizers also announced thata Amen, the latest work by South Korean helmer Kim Ki-duk, will have its world premiere at the festival in the official selection category, along with U.S. moviemaker Oren Moverman’s Rampart, about a jaded cop in Los Angeles and starring Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Steve Buscemi and Anne Heche.
Three new titles – Dyut Ming Gam (A Life Without Principle) by Hong Kong director Johnnie To; L’Envahisseur (The Invader) by Belgian Nicolas Provost; and Briton Steve McQueen’s Shame – have been added to the Zabaltegi Pearls competition.
The festival runs this year from Sept. 16- 24 in the northern Spanish seaside resort of San Sebastian.
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