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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2014

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San Sebastián ready for kick-off

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- The 62nd San Sebastián International Film Festival will host 32 world premieres, a stellar guest list and a strong Industry Club

San Sebastián ready for kick-off
Charlotte Gainsbourg will be in attendance with Samba (© David Koskas/Quad/Gaumont)

The 62nd Donostia/San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to take place from 19-27 September, will feature 32 world premieres across 12 sections, as well as seven international, 19 European and 50 Spanish premieres.

Besides Denzel Washington and Benicio Del Toro, who are coming to pick up their honorary Donostia Awards (Washington is attending with opening film The Equalizer and Del Toro with Escobar: Paradise Lost [+see also:
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, the closing film in the Pearls section), the stellar international guest list includes Charlotte Gainsbourg with closing film Samba [+see also:
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Susanne Bier (A Second Chance [+see also:
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); John Malkovich (Casanova Variations [+see also:
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); Antonio Banderas (Autómata [+see also:
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); François Ozon (The New Girlfriend [+see also:
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); Cédric Kahn (Wild Life [+see also:
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); Noomi RapaceMatthias Schoenaerts and Michaël R Roskam (The Drop); Anahí Berneri (Open Air); Bille August and Paprika Steen (Silent Heart [+see also:
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); Christian Petzold (Phoenix [+see also:
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); and Danis Tanović (Tigers [+see also:
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).

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In the Pearls section, Jessica Chastain will present The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and the film Wild Tales [+see also:
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will be accompanied by producer Pedro Almodóvar, director Damián Szifrón and lead actor Ricardo Darín.   

Willem Dafoe will present Pasolini [+see also:
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, and Naomi Kawase will bring along Still the Water [+see also:
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Mathieu Amalric will be coming with The Blue Room [+see also:
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, Ira Sachs with Love Is Strange and Céline Sciamma with Girlhood [+see also:
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.

Viggo Mortensen and Lisandro Alonso will introduce Jauja [+see also:
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 in Horizontes Latinos, while Bruno Dumont will attend the Spanish premiere of Li'l Quinquin [+see also:
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in the Zabaltegi section.

The festival has also announced the programme for its Industry Club. The central event is the third Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, taking place from 22-24 September and featuring 15 projects from Costa Rica, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Germany, Sweden, France and Spain that will be presented to industry members at pitching sessions and one-on-one meetings.

They will also compete for the Forum Award 2014 for Best Project, worth €10,000 and sponsored by Egeda (the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association), for the producer of one of the selected projects. The complete list of projects can be found here.

At the same time, six projects from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Peru will be presented in the Films in Progress 26 section, competing for the Films in Progress Industry Award of up to €200,000 in post-production services. The complete list of projects and award sponsors can be found here.

Another co-production forum is dedicated to documentaries: the tenth Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum features 13 projects from Spain, Norway, France, Israel/Palestine and Hungary. The complete list of projects can be found here.

This year's industry focus is on Canada, organised with Telefilm Canada, in which a delegation of 12 Canadian producers will come to San Sebastián to participate in the Co-production Forum and the other Industry Club activities.

Other industry activities include: an information session on “Give me five! (How to obtain five key points in MEDIA development subsidies)”; presentations on new methods for improving access to cinema for people with disabilities, by CESyA and feelmakers.com; a presentation by Proimágenes Colombia entitled “Economic incentives for shooting in Colombia”; and a presentation on “Filming in the Basque Country”. 

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