San Sebastian Film Festival Unveils Competition Titles

San Sebastian Film Festival - H 2014
Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival

San Sebastian Film Festival - H 2014

Six films are set to compete for the festival's Golden Shell award.

The 63rd edition of the Spanish-speaking, world's best-known film festival announced its lineup of competition titles Thursday.

Six films were named to compete for San Sebastian's Golden Shell award, including four co-productions with Latin America.

Jostling for position is Cesc Gay's Truman, starring Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara and revolving around the relationship between two friends and their faithful dog, alongside The King of Havana from Agusti Villaronga, adapted from Pedro Juan Gutierrez's novel of the same name.

Family drama Amama: When a Tree Falls is the latest from Basque filmmaker Asier Altuna, while The Apostate, the third feature by Federico Veiroj, tells the story of a young boy trying to escape his faith. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Aguero's Eva Doesn't Sleep chronicles the extraordinary 25-year voyage of the embalmed corpse of Eva Peron, one of Argentina's most divisive figures, following her death in 1953.

Rounding out the competition comes Marc Recha's Un Dia Perfecte Per Volar, starring the director's son, Roc Recha.

Elsewhere, there will be special screenings of Imanol Uribe's Far From the Sea, dealing with the drama suffered when people come face to face with the horrors of their past, and No Estamos Solo, an ensemble tale from Pere Joan Ventura. Alex de la Iglesia's latest film, Mi gran noche, will be presented in the official selection out of competition.

Six films make up the Zabaltegi section, including Fernando Colomo's Isla Bonita, about a publicist down on his luck; North Korea documentary The Propaganda Game, by Alvaro Longoria; and One Day I Saw 10,000 Elephants, recalling a Spanish Guinea expedition in the 1940s in search of a mysterious lake.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is set to take place Sept. 18-26.