San Sebastian Film Festival Initial Lineup Announced

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Films by Sarah Polley and Terence Davies are among those competing at the Spanish seaside festival, taking place Sept. 16-24.

MADRID – Films from the United Kingdom, China, Mexico, Japan and half a dozen other countries will compete this year for the San Sebastian Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Shell, festival organizers announced on Wednesday.

British director Terence Davies will present The Deep Blue Sea, which focuses on the emotional turmoil of a married woman who falls for another man and stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale.

Canada is to be represented by Sarah Polley’s romantic drama Take This Waltz, with a cast headed by Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen, while the Mexican contender is director and two-time Golden Shell Prize winner Arturo Ripstein’s Las Razones del Corazón [The Reasons of the Heart].

There will be two French films: a nostalgic comedy set in the 1970s’, Le Skylab by Julie Delphy who also stars, and Mathieu Demy’s Americano, with Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin and Chiara Mastroianni, about a young Frenchman searching Mexico for a mysterious friend of his dead mother.

Asian entries include Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai’s 11 Flowers, a tale of a young boy during the unsettled times leading to Mao Tse-Tung’s death; and Kiseki [I Wish] by Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda about an adolescent’s man’s desire to be reunited with his older brother.

Other films on the slate are the Argentine production Los Marizano [The Marziano’s Family] by Ana Katz; Sangue Do Meu Sangue [Blood of my Blood] from Portuguese filmmaker Joao Canijo; Greece’s Adikos Kosmos [Unfair World] by Filippos Tsitos, and Swedish production Happy End by Bjorn Runge.

Other films competing for the top prize are to be announced later.

San Sebastian is held this year from Sept. 16-24 in Spain’s northern Basque region and is considered an A-list event on the European fest circuit.