12 titles chosen for San Seb Pearls sidebar

Festival favorites and award-Winners from around the world

MADRID -- Twelve films which have been screened and/or won awards at major fests around the world will be unspooled in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section at next month's San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

The films will compete for the TCM Audience Award which carries a cash prize of €70,000 ($90,000) for the Spanish distributor of the winning movie. A second prize of €35,000 ($45,000) will go to the European film with the most votes.

Among the films are Semih Kaplanoglu's Turkish-German co-production "Bal" (Honey) which took the Golden Bear at Berlin this year; China's "Tuan Yuan" (Apart Together) by Wang Quan'an which won Berlin's Silver Bear for best screenplay; and the Spanish production starring Ryan Reynolds, "Buried" by Rodrigo Cortes, which was shown at Sundance, Deauville and Toronto.

U.S. productions "The Oath" helmed by Laura Poitras which took the Excellence Award for U.S. documentary at Sundance; "Exit Through the Gift Shop" by guerrilla graffiti artist Bansky; and "Happythankyoumoreplease" by Josh Radnor, the Audience Award winner at Sundance, will also be shown.

Films which have yet to debut at other festivals include the Canadian-Italian production "Barney's Version", starring Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman, which is to participate this year at Venice and Toronto.

"We will also program titles which caused the greatest surprise at the festivals in which they have participated, demonstrating the wealth and diversity of film creation the world over," the organizers said.
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