San Sebastian: Darren Aronofsky's 'Mother!,' Sean Baker's 'Florida Project' Among Pearls Titles
New films from Michael Haneke, Lynne Ramsay and Martin McDonagh are also among the sidebar's lineup.
Darren Aronofsky, Sean Baker, Michael Haneke and Lynne Ramsay are among 10 movies that complete the Pearls section at next month’s San Sebastian Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.
Jennifer Lawrence, Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Shia LaBeouf, Isabelle Huppert and Willem Defoe are some of the actors appearing in the films which will be shown at the fest, which is set to run Sept. 22-30 in northern Spain.
Lawrence co-stars with Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris in Aronofsky’s Mother!, a psychological thriller about how a couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests drop in.
Another U.S. production, Baker’s The Florida Project, with Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince and Caleb Landry Jones, tells the story of a 6-year-old girl and her friends’ summer adventures while their parents struggle to get by in Orlando, Fla.
Happy End, helmed by Haneke and with Huppert in a leading role, is a snapshot from the life of a bourgeois European family, while Ramsay’s U.S.-France co-production You Were Never Really Here, featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov, recounts a tormented man’s search for a missing teenage girl.
The U.K. is represented by Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring McDormand, Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. The darkly comic drama revolves around a woman who wages a battle against the local police officials when they fail to find her daughter’s murderer.
Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland play an elderly couple on a revealing road trip across the U.S. in the camper in Italian director Paolo Virzi’s The Leisure Seeker, while Borg/McEnroe, a Sweden-Denmark-Finland co-production helmed by Janus Metz and starring LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgard, recaptures the rivalry between the titular Swedish and American tennis superstars.
France is represented by Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu’a La Garde (Custody), which chronicles a woman’s fight to protect her son from her violent ex-husband and stars Denis Ménochet and Léa Drucker, as well as the family drama La Villa (The House by the Sea) from director Robert Guediguian and starring Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
And Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda will present Sando-Me No Satsujin (The Third Murder), the story of an attorney who investigates the guilt of a client who has confessed to a robbery and murder. The film stars Kasaharu Fukuyama and Koji Yakuso.