San Sebastian Film Festival Announces Spanish Film Lineup

15 entries will be presented at the 59th annual fest in September.

Fifteen Spanish films, both fiction and documentaries, will be presented at this year’s 59th edition of the prestigious San Sebastian Film Festival, including works by a directors who have won a slew of awards at other fests around the world, organizers announced on Tuesday.    

“Three of the titles will compete for the Golden Shell (San Sebastian’s top prize) and another three for the Kutxa-New Directors Award, while others will be screened out of competition,” the festival officials said.

In the Official Selection category will be No Habrá Paz Para Los Malvados (No Rest for the Wicked), an edge-the-seat thriller from Ernique Urbizu, whose  La Vida Mancha (Life Marks) landed the Best Film prize at the Nantes Spanish Film Festival.

La Voz Domida (The Sleeping Voice), with Inma Cuesta and Maria León, is the latest from Benito Zambrano, winner of awards at past festivals in Brussels, Caratgena, Havana and Tokyo; and narrates the story of two sisters during the Spanish Civil War; while 2009 San Sebastian Critics’ Award winner Isaki Lacuesta will screen Los Pasos Dobles (The Double Steps), a fictional bio of French artist, writer, foreign legionnaire, gangster and thief Francois Augieras.

Other films in the category are Asier Altuna’s doc Bertsolari, exploring improvisers of local Basque verse, and the previously announced European premier of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders, starring Clive Owen and Carice van Houten.

In the New Directors category are Ignacio FerrerasArrugas (Wrinkles), Sandra Sanchez’s Tralas Luces (Behind the Lights) about Spanish carnival workers, and the black comedy Urte Berri On, Amona by Telmo Esnal.

Veteran Spanish director David Trueba’s Madrid 1987 is the highlight of the Zabaltegi-Specials section which includes documentaries Al Final Del Tunel (A Light at the End of the Tunnel) on the possible end of Basque separatist terrorism in Spain, and Isaki Lacuesta’s El Cuaderno De Barro (The Clay Diaries), about Spanish artist Miguel Barcelós’ workshop and its effect on the locals in Malian village.

The festival runs from Sept. 16-24 in the northern Spanish seaside resort of San Sebastian.