San Sebastian Adds 'Tigers' to Competition

San Sebastian Awards - H 2011
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'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' with James McAvoy joins Pearls Section

Danis Tanovic’s Tigers will compete in the Official Section at San Sebastian and Ned Benson’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring James McAvoy, will screen in the Pearls Section, organizers announced Monday as they released 19 more titles to run in the Zabaltegi Section.

Benson’s films, which ran in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, will compete for the Audience Award with other films in the Pearls Section, which clusters gems from previous festivals. Tanovic’s drama about a young salesman’s effort to take on a big corporation will vie for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Shell.

The Zabaltegi Section is a varied selection of films, which this year will include Signe Raumane’s animated Rock in My Pockets and Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s documentary Finding Fela about Fela Anikulapo Kuti, creator of the Afrobeat music movement.

Gianni Amelio’s Happy to Be Different, a look at homosexual life in Italy; George Ovashvili’s Corn Islands, about an old Abkhazian man and his granddaughter’s attempt to grow corn on an island; Gabe Polsky’s Red Army, about the Soviet Union’s successful hockey team; and Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man come to San Sebastian after running in previous festivals.

Pierre-Francois Limbosch’s The John Malkovich Paradox will run in Zabaltegi and centers on how the actor directed Dangerous Liaisons at the Theatre de l’Atelier in Paris 22 years after being in the Stephen Frears movie.

Kaouther Ben Hania’s Challat of Tuni participated in San Sebastian’s 2012 edition of Cinema in Motion, helping it with postproduction financing and enabling it to reach this year’s Zabaltegi Section.

The complete screening of the television series Li’l Quinquin by Bruno Dumont will run in Zabaltegi, as will Urich Seidl’s In the Basement, which will screen first at the Venice Film Festival, and Andrew Huculiak’s first feature Violent, driven by the visuals of the Norwegian landscape and an original score.

Spanish titles screening in the Zabaltegi section include Virginia Garcia del Pino’s look at filmmaker Basilio Martin Patino’s romantic letter writing in The Tenth Letter; Borja Cobeaga’s newest comedy Negotiator, about a mediator for the Spanish government and armed Basque separatist group ETA; Francisco Sanchez Varela’s documentary Paco de Lucia: La Busqueda, touring with the late Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia; and Pedro Gonzalez Bermudez’s documentary When Bette Davis Bid Farewell, about the actress’ visit to San Sebastian. Three shorts from Spain also made the section’s final list: Koldo Almandoz’s The Last Flight of Hubert LeBlon, Aitor Arregi’s She Bought It in Zarautz and Asier Altuna’s The Field.

Also screening in Zabaltegi: Mami Sunada’s The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness follows directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki at the animation studio Ghibli as they ready the highly anticipated films The Wind Rises and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

San Sebastian runs Sept. 19-27 in Spain’s northern Basque region.