Denis Villeneuve’s 'Arrival' to Close San Sebastian Festival’s Pearls Section

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The Amy Adams film joins the section, which showcases favorites from international festivals not yet released in Spain.

Arrival, a sci-fi thriller directed by Canadian Denis Villeneuve and starring Amy Adams, will close the Pearls section of Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival in September, organizers announced Monday.

Based on a short story by Ted Chiang, the film recounts efforts by Adams’ character, expert linguist Louise Banks, and her team to communicate with extraterrestrials who have landed on Earth.

“As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and her team race against time for answers — and to find them she will take a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly humanity,” organizers said.

The Pearls section of the annual festival showcases a selection of films of the year not yet released in Spain, but which have received critical acclaim or awards at other international festivals.

Among the other 16 films slated for the category this year are Elle by Paul Verhoeven, Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, Little Men by Ira Sachs and On the Milky Road by Emir Kusturica.

Villeneuve, who helmed the Blade Runner sequel to be released next year, competed in the official selection at San Sebastian in 2013 with Enemy and last year presented Sicario in the Pearls category.

The 64th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival will be held in the northern Spanish seaside resort Sept. 16-24.