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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2017 New Directors

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The first films in competition in the New Directors section of San Sebastián

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- Six first and second works by European directors will battle it out for the Kutxabank Aware in this section of the festival, against seven other films from Latin America and Asia

The first films in competition in the New Directors section of San Sebastián
Ravens by Jens Assur

The San Sebastián International Film Festival has started to reveal the programme for its 65th edition, which will take place in this magnificent Basque city from 22 to 30 September. 13 titles have already been announced, including those that will battle it out for the prize of €50,000 (for the director and distributor in Spain) in the New Directors section: six of these are by European directors and the rest are from Latin America and Asia; all the titles are first or second works.

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Among the films announced is Spanish film Alberto García-Alix. La línea de la sombra [+see also:
trailer
interview: Nicolás Combarro
film profile
]
, the debut piece by Galician director Nicolás Combarro, which throws a spotlight on the famous photographer; a Swiss film, Blue My Mind [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lisa Brühlmann
film profile
]
, the debut feature by Lisa Brühlmann, which broaches the subject of the transition from adolescence; and a Swedish film, Ravens [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Jens Assur (see news article), another debut feature which follows a series of acclaimed short films which were awarded at a number of festivals.

From France come two films: The Price of Succes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
film profile
]
, the second work – after Jimmy Rivière [+see also:
trailer
interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
film profile
]
– by actor and filmmaker Teddy Lussi-Modeste, and Le Semeur [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marine Francen
film profile
]
, directed by Marine Francen, who has until now been the assistant of Haneke and Assayas (see news article).

Other European co-productions in the section include Cargo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gilles Coulier
film profile
]
 (Belgium/the Netherlands/France), directed by Gilles Coulier, who also cut his teeth in the world of short films and television; and Princesita [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Chile/Spain/Argentina) by Chilean director Marialy Rivas (Joven & Alocada, awarded at Sundance), which participated in Cine en Construcción 28, and is being produced by Juan de Dios, Pablo Larraín and Fernanda del Nido.

Also making an appearance at San Sebastián all the way from Latin America are Argentinian director Silvia Schnicer Schlieman and Spaniard Ulises Porra Guardiola, the directors of Argentinian production Tigre, and Laura Mora with Matar a Jesús (co-produced by Colombia and Argentina). And from Asia there’s Lai Kuo-An with A Fish Out of Water (Taiwan), Wang Feifei with From Where We’ve Fallen (China), Daniel Palacio with Underground (Philippines) and Lim Tae-Gue with The Seeds of Violence (South Korea). The rest of the films featuring in this section will be announced soon.

The first films selected:

A Fish Out of WaterLai Kuo-An (Taiwan)
Alberto García-Alix. La línea de la sombra [+see also:
trailer
interview: Nicolás Combarro
film profile
]
 – Nicolás Combarro (Spain)
Blue My Mind [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lisa Brühlmann
film profile
]
 – Lisa Brühlmann (Switzerland)
Cargo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Gilles Coulier
film profile
]
 – Gilles Coulier (Belgium/the Netherlands/France)
From Where We’ve FallenWang Feifei (China)
Ravens [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Jens Assur (Sweden)
The Price of Succes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
film profile
]
Teddy Lussi-Modeste (France)
Le Semeur [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marine Francen
film profile
]
Marine Francen (France)
Matar a JesúsLaura Mora (Colombia/Argentina)
UndergroundDaniel Palacio (Philippines)
The Seeds of ViolenceLim Tae-Gue (South Korea)
Princesita [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Marialy Rivas (Chile/Spain/Argentina)
Tigre – Silvia Schnicer Schlieman, Ulises Porra Guardiola (Argentina)

(Translated from Spanish)

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