San Sebastian doing Terence Davies retro

Festival will screen director's full body of work

MADRID -- The 56th San Sebastian International Film Festival said Friday that it will honor British director Terence Davies with a retrospective showcasing his work when the festival runs Sept. 18-27.

Festival organizers said Davies, who also wrote all of his own films, is a "pioneer in the search for new languages between fiction, autobiography and the documentary" and "achieves a connection between image and sound only rarely achieved, surpassing the subsequent feats in this area of filmmakers as widely differing as Quentin Tarantino or Wong Kar Wai."

The festival will screen the director's full body of work, including his latest film, "Of Time and the City," which screened in the Festival de Cannes' official selection in May -- and prize-winning works including "Distant Voices, Still Lives" (1988), "The Long Day Closes" (1992) and "The House of Mirth" (2000).

The festival will offer two other previously announced retrospectives on Italian director Mario Monicelli and Japan in Black, an overview of Japanese film noir since the 1920s.

The fest also will publish a complete study of Davies' works, coordinated by Quim Casas.