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We Are Who We Are, an eight-part television series directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) will have its world premiere in San Sebastian as part of the festival’s special screenings program. Produced by HBO and European pay-TV group Sky, the series is a coming-of-age tale exploring friendship, first love and sexual identity through the story of two adolescents living on an American military base in Italy. Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer star in a cast that also includes Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, Kid Cudi, Faith Alabi, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier and Sebastiano Pigazzi.
Sean Conway created the series, which Guadagnino co-wrote together with Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri. Lorenzo Mieli produced for The Apartment and Mario Gianani for Wildside, both subsidiaries of Fremantle, together with Small Forward. Fremantle is handling worldwide sales of the series.
We Are Who We Are was initially selected for the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes before the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. San Sebastian will screen the entire eight-episode first season of the show. HBO will air the first two episodes of We Are Who We Are in September.
San Sebastian made a few more additions to its official 2020 lineup today, finalizing its feature competition with closing night film Wuhai, the second feature from Chinese director Ziynag Zhou (Old Beast). The drama follows a happily-married couple in a small town in Mongolia who get mired in serious financial troubles. Wuhai completes this year’s official line-up of 12 films competing for San Sebastian’s Golden Shell honor. Other highlights of San Sebastian’s 2020 program include Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, the François Ozon-directed Summer of 85 and the Julien Temple-helmed music documentary Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, produced by Johnny Depp. The 2020 festival will open with the out-of-competition world premiere of Woody Allen’s Rifkin’s Festival starring Elena Anaya and Christoph Waltz.
Other late additions to the San Sebastian lineup include Spagat from Swiss director Christian Johannes Koch, which will close the festival’s New Directors competition section; and Simon Calls, by the Portuguese director Marta Sousa Ribeiro, a final addition to San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi-Tabakalera sidebar.
Organizers are going ahead with plans to hold the 68th edition of the venerable Spanish festival from Sept. 18-26 despite a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Spain. Coronavirus infections, which dropped sharply after Spain introduced a strict lockdown in March, have bounced back, with authorities currently reporting more than 5,000 cases a day detected on average, much higher than other European countries such as Italy or Germany.
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