San Sebastián will draw to a close with a Samba beat
by David González
- The new film by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano will close the 62nd edition of the festival, which has just unveiled The Industry Club programme
The French directing duo Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the team behind Untouchable [+see also:
film profile], one of the biggest commercial box-office smashes in the history of recent European cinema (taking over 19 million admissions in France, more than 8 million in Germany and over 2.5 million in Spain, to give just three examples), will bring the 62nd San Sebastián Film Festival to a close with their new movie, Samba [+see also:
The film follows Samba (Omar Sy), a Senegalese immigrant who has already been in search of a full and meaningful life in France for the last ten years, and his encounter with Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a manager who is disillusioned with her life and is trying to reinvent herself by volunteering for an NGO. With this title, which also stars Tahar Rahim and Izïa Higelin, Nakache and Toledano retain the style of social comedy-drama that they used in Untouchable. Fittingly, the directing duo also closed the 2011 edition of the festival with that film.
Furthermore, the San Sebastián Film Festival has also unveiled the programme for its industry platform, The Industry Club, which will host the III Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum (where at least 15 developing projects from both regions with a minimum of 20% of their funding already in place will be presented) and Films in Progress 26 (which will present six Latin American movies that are facing difficulties at the post-production stage). In addition, it will also include the Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum, in collaboration with IBAIA (the Association of Independent Audiovisual Production Companies of the Basque Country).
(Translated from Spanish)