San Seb to showcase non-fiction cinema

Fest organizers said Official Section to run 15 features

MADRID -- The 58th San Sebastian Festival will showcase contemporary non-fiction cinema in its thematic sidebar called .doc, organizers announced Monday as they unveiled this year's official poster.

Festival organizers said the retrospective will reflect "on the growing importance of the documentary genre throughout the world movie scene in recent years, the cycle will include some of the most representative examples of non-fiction cinema: auto-documentaries on individual and private subjects, essay cinema, fake documentaries, contributions from video-artists and moviemakers."

San Sebastian poster
The showcase will include films like: My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007), "The Five Obstructions" (Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth, 2003), "Le souvenir d'un avenir" (Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon, 2001), "Auge/Maschine"-Parts 1, 2, 3 (Harun Farocki, 2002), "Los Rubios" (Albertina Carri, 2003) and "The Wild Blue Yonder" (Werner Herzog, 2005).

Organizers said the Official Section will run 15 features this year.

The festival's poster was revealed at an event in the city's Science Kutxaespacio Museum. Designed by Oscar Marine, the image shows a young woman staring knowingly into the camera. The festival says it "invites us to discover with resolve, inquisitiveness and defiance the contents of the Festival's 58th edition."

San Sebastian, which has previously announced a retrospective of Don Siegel's work, runs in Spain's northern Basque region September 17-25.