San Sebastian unveils Pearls sidebar

'Basterds,' 'Prophete,' 'Mother' to compete

MADRID -- Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," Jacques Audiard's "Un Prophete" and Bong Joon-ho's "Mother" will vie for top honors and cash prizes in the Zabaltegi-Pearls section at this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Other films new to Spain that also will unspool in the section will be Woody Allen's "Whatever Works"; "No One Knows About Persian Cats" by Iranian filmmaker and two-time San Sebastian winner Bahman Ghobadi; and Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock."

Zabaltegi-Pearls, one of the festival's most popular sections, features two prize categories: the TCM Audience Award worth €70,000 ($98,000) and, for European films, the European Award worth €35,000 ($49,000).

Also competing will be Jim Jarmusch's Spanish road movie "The Limits of Control," Olivier Hirschbiegel's Irish political drama "Five Minutes of Heaven" starring Liam Neeson and Sundance favorite "Precious" by Lee Daniels.

The Asian entries, this year with a French twist, are Johnnie To's Hong Kong gangster flick "Vengence" starring Johnny Hallyday and "Yuki & Nina," directed by Nobuhiro Suwa and Hippolyte Girardot.

Films in the section -- more will be announced later -- do not compete for the festival's big prize, the Golden Shell Award. The San Sebastian fest runs Sept. 18-26.