New directors compete at San Sebastian

Rigoberto Perezcano, Xabi Molia's films selected

MADRID -- "Northless," Rigoberto Perezcano's tale of a Mexican's wait to enter the U.S., and "Eight Times Up," novelist Xabi Molia's directorial debut, will vie for the Kutxa-New Directors Award at the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The €90,000 ($127,250) prize, to be split between the director and the Spanish distributor of the film, has helped launch some of international filmmaking's hottest fresh faces and attracts fledgling talent.

This year's lineup from 13 countries is true to form, emphasizing hard-hitting subjects such as homelessness, immigration, loneliness, prison and genocide.

Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro's love story "Me Too," Javier Rebollo's portrayal of a modern housewife in "The Woman Without a Piano" and Pelin Esmer's "10 to 11" will compete for the New Directors award, while also screening in the official competition. The remaining 14 films will run in the Zabaltegi (New Directors) section.

Zhang Huilin's prep school triangle story "Seasons in the Sun" and Tom Harper's depiction of friendship, trust and deception "The Scouting Book for Boys" and Miraz Bezar's film "Before my Eyes" about Turkish Kurdistan atrocities as seen by children are a few of the other films that will run in the section.

San Sebastian runs this year from Sept. 18-26 in Spain's northern Basque region.