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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2017

The 65th San Sebastián Film Festival rounds off its Official Section

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- Five European productions and an Argentinian film have been added to the previously announced titles that will duke it out for the coveted Golden Shell at the Spanish gathering

The 65th San Sebastián Film Festival rounds off its Official Section
The Captain by Robert Schwentke

The Official Section of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to unspool between 22 and 30 September, was already looking impressive. The films that will be taking part in this section were announced over the last few weeks (see the news), and yesterday this list was enriched thanks to the announcement of the latest additions. Indeed, European titles such as Memoir of Pain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuel Finkiel
film profile
]
 have been added to the battle for the Golden Shell, the gathering’s highest honour. The movie is an adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ wartime memoirs, directed by French filmmaker Emmanuel Finkiel (A Decent Man [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), with trio Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel and Benjamin Biolay starring as the long-suffering protagonists.

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Another movie with French producers and a wartime backdrop is The Captain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robert Schwentke
film profile
]
, co-funded with Germany and Poland and helmed by German director Robert Schwentke, who is returning to work in his homeland after a successful mainstream career in Hollywood. The bitingly satirical So Help Me God [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
film profile
]
 is a further French (and Belgian) co-production, directed by Jean Libon and Yves Hinant (the creators of the documentary series Strip-Tease), which picks apart the murky ins and outs of the justice system.

Pororoca [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Constantin Popescu
film profile
]
, the third feature by Constantin Popescu (Principles of Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Constantin Popescu
film profile
]
), is a co-production between France and Romania that portrays the devastation of a family unit when one of its members suddenly vanishes. Two more directors round off the 18 films that will be competing in the Official Section of the Basque festival: Argentina’s Anahí Berneri, with Alanis, the portrait of a young mother who finds employment as a sex worker, and Poland’s Urszula Antoniak, with her fourth film, Beyond Words [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Urszula Antoniak
film profile
]
, a co-production with the Netherlands that explores how the life of a successful man is turned upside down after an unexpected visit from his father, with whom he barely had any contact at all. As a result, the past comes back to torment him.

The complete Official Section:

Competition

Submergence [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Wim Wenders (Germany/France/Spain) (opening film)
Alanis - Anahí Berneri (Argentina)
Beyond Words [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Urszula Antoniak
film profile
]
 - Urszula Antoniak (Poland/Netherlands)
The Motive [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Manuel Martín Cuenca
film profile
]
 – Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spain/Mexico)
Handia [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño
film profile
]
 – Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño (Spain)
Memoir of Pain
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuel Finkiel
film profile
]
 - Emmanuel Finkiel (France)
Life and Nothing More [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antonio Méndez Esparza
film profile
]
 – Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spain/US)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
– Nobuhiro Suwa (France/Japan)
C'est la vie! [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 –
 Olivier NakacheÉric Toledano (France)
Love Me Not [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alexandros Avranas
film profile
]
 – Alexandros Avranas (Greece/France)
Mademoiselle Paradis [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Barbara Albert
film profile
]
 – Barbara Albert (Austria/Germany)
So Help Me God [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
film profile
]
 - Jean LibonYves Hinant (France/Belgium)
Pororoca [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Constantin Popescu
film profile
]
 - Constantin Popescu (France/Romania)
Soldiers. Story from Ferentari [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ivana Mladenovic
film profile
]
 – Ivana Mladenovic (Romania/Serbia/Belgium)
Sollers Point [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Matt Porterfield (France/US)
The Captain [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robert Schwentke
film profile
]
 - Robert Schwentke (Germany/Poland/France)
The Disaster Artist – James Franco (US)
A Sort of Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Diego Lerman (Argentina/Brazil/Poland/France)

Out of Competition

The Good Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Björn Runge
film profile
]
 – Björn Runge (UK/Sweden) (closing film)
Marrowbone
 [+see also:
trailer
interview: Sergio G Sánchez
film profile
]
 – Sergio G. Sánchez (Spain)
La peste – Alberto Rodríguez (Spain) (series)

Special Screenings

See You Up There [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Albert Dupontel (France)
Fireworks, Should We See It from The Side or The Bottom - Akiyuki Shinbo y Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Japan)
Dying [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Fernando Franco
film profile
]
 – Fernando Franco (Spain)
Wonders of the Sea 3D [+see also:
trailer
interview: Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jean-…
film profile
]
 - Jean-Michel CousteauJean Jacques-Mantello (France/UK)

(Translated from Spanish)

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