San Sebastian: Bergman Documentary, New Films from Bi Gan in Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Lineup

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Jane Magnusson's doc 'Bergman — A Year in a Life,' Bi Gan's 'Long Day’s Journey into Night' and animated feature 'The Wolf House' added to festival sidebar.

San Sebastian has added nine new films to its Zabaltegi-Tabakalera sidebar, with new features from Chinese filmmaker Bi Gan, France's Virgil Vernier and an animated feature from Chile joining the lineup.

Bi Gan, whose debut, Kaili Blues, premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2015, heads to the San Sebastian for his follow-up, Long Day’s Journey into Night, a drama about a man returning to the town of his birth in search of a woman. The animated stop-motion feature film The Wolf House, from Chilean directors Joaquin Cocina and Cristobal Leon, which premiered in Berlin and screened at the Annecy International Animation festival earlier this year, also made the cut for San Sebastian. The directorial debut follows a young girl who escapes from a German colony and finds refuge in a house in Southern Chile.

Jane Magnusson's documentary Bergman – A Year in a Life, which premiered in Cannes Classics this year, will feature in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera sidebar. The doc looks at a pivotal year in the career of Ingmar Bergman, the iconic Swedish director of Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal.

Joining them will be French actor and filmmaker Virgil Vernier, who heads to San Sebastian with his second feature, the Mediterranean-set drama Sophia Antipolis; and the Thai drama Manta Ray from director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

The new additions bring the total Zabaltegi-Tabakalera lineup to 18. Previously announced titles include Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book, Bruno Dumont's A Coincoin and the Extra-humans; and An Elephant Sitting Still from director Hu Bo.

A total of 12 features and six short films will compete for this year's Zabaltegi-Tabakalera award. The festival sidebar is considered the most open competitive section in San Sebastian, screening films from across all genres, from drama to documentary to animation.

The 2018 San Sebastian festival runs September 21-29.