San Sebastian to honor Richard Brooks

Sidebar for 40 films from contemporary French helmers

MADRID -- The 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival will honor director Richard Brooks and contemporary French filmmakers with retrospectives, organizers announced Friday as they revealed this year’s posters and gave the first glimpses of the festival’s lineup.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “In Cold Blood” are a few of the particularly memorable films Brooks directed, according to the festival, which said it will screen 24 films Brooks directed and another five that he wrote in a tribute.

The festival will also showcase 40 films from contemporary French filmmakers including Laurent Cantet, Arnaud Desplechin, Gaspar Noe and Christophe Honore in its “Backwash: the cutting edge of French cinema” sidebar.

“In surf jargon, ‘backwash’ is an iconic phenomenon arising from the force and spectacular pounding together of two or more waves as they thunder on their ways in different directions. Drawing a comparison with this, the retrospective takes a look at the currents inherited from the undertow of the Nouvelle vague in the 60s and leading to the revamping of today’s French cinema by contemporary directors,” the festival said.

The festival’s posters shows different colored horizontal stripes as a nod to the elements of moderation, light and color, in what festival director Mikel Olaciregui called “restraint befitting of the times combined with the entire range of colors brought by an edition offering the same intensity and variety of content as is normally to be expected of San Sebastian.”

The San Sebastian festival is Spain’s top-drawer festival, which runs Sept. 18-26 in Spain’s northern Basque region.