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Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, Ira Sachs‘ Love is Strange, the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice and the Angelina Jolie-produced Difret are among the 18 films that will screen in the Pearls Section at the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival this year, organizers announced Thursday.
One of the most loved sections at San Sebastian, which runs this year from Sept. 19-27, Pearls groups gems from previous festivals into one sidebar.
All of the films in the Pearls Section compete for the Audience Award, which will be decided based on votes cast by attendees at the first public screenings of each film in the section. The Audience Award is split into two prizes: a first prize for Best Film, with $67,000 (€50,000) and a second prize for Best European Film, with $27,000 (€20,000). The award goes to the distributor of the film in Spain.
Iain Forsythand Jane Pollard won the Best Directing for a Documentary award at Sundance for 20,000 Days on Earth, won audience awards at Sundance and Berlin.Isao Takahata’sThe Tale of Princess Kaguya ran in Director’s Fortnight in Cannes as did Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado presented their documentary Salt of the Earth in Un Certain Regard, where they landed the Special Prize. All of these films will screen in the Pearls section.
Another film set to screen is The Tribe, in which Myroslav Slaboshipytskiy looks at taboo through a deaf, mute teenager who enters a specialized boarding school and breaks the unwritten rules when falling in love with the wrong person.
The Pearls section will also feature two titles set to screen in Venice: Larent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca and Abel Ferrera’s Willem Dafoe-starrer Pasolini.
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