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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2015

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Amenábar and Lafosse round off San Sebastián’s European contingent on a high note

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- While the Spanish title Regression will open the gathering out of competition, the sixth film by the Belgian director, The White Knights, will be competing with other previously announced movies

Amenábar and Lafosse round off San Sebastián’s European contingent on a high note
Regression by Alejandro Amenábar

At the end of July, when José Luis Rebordinos, the director of the San Sebastián Film Festival, proudly announced the not-insignificant Spanish contingent that will be making its way to the Basque city this year (read the news), he admitted that he was “flirting with” Alejandro Amenábar’s new film: in the end, it is neither Toronto nor Venice, but rather San Sebastián that will have the honour of world-premiering Regression [+see also:
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interview: Alejandro Amenábar
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, a murky thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, shot (and co-produced) in Canada. This movie, set to screen out of competition on 18 September, will be the opening film, while the British title London Road [+see also:
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 by Rufus Norris, a film adaptation of the famous musical, will bring the festival to a close on 26 September. Someone who will be competing against other European auteurs (read the news), in the official section, is Joachim Lafosse with his The White Knights [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
, a Franco-Belgian co-production that dissects the 2007 scandal involving the charity organisation Zoé’s Arc, focusing on the adoption of 300 children from Chad. Swedish film Drifters [+see also:
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, by Peter Grönlund, has also been added to the New Directors section.

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The Zabaltegi section, which always ends up being a real box of surprises, will present, among other interesting films, the Bulgarian title Losers [+see also:
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interview: Ivaylo Hristov
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; Mountain [+see also:
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interview: João Salaviza
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]
, Joao Salaviza’s Portuguese-French movie; The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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, an animated docudrama by Anca Damian (Romania-France-Poland); Psiconautas [+see also:
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 by Spaniards Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero; The Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals [+see also:
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 by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland-UK), an outlandish portrait of the world of circus “freaks” made by the man behind Of Horses and Men [+see also:
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interview: Benedikt Erlingsson
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; Adama [+see also:
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 by Simon Rouby (France), an animated tale of rites of passage; The Treasure [+see also:
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interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
interview: Corneliu Porumboiu
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]
by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania-France), a black comedy and fairy tale rolled into one; The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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, the feature debut by Magnus Von Horn (Poland-Sweden-France), which was premiered in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; Francofonia [+see also:
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by Alexander Sokurov (France-Germany-the Netherlands), following its screening at Venice; and A German Youth [+see also:
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by Jean-Gabriel Périot (France-Switzerland-Germany), about the political radicalisation of young people.

Two European co-productions really stand out in the Films in Progress 28 section: Era o Hotel Cambridge [+see also:
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 (Brazil-France) by Eliane Caffé, about squatters living in buildings in the city of Sao Paulo, who are on the verge of being evicted; and La princesita (Chile-Argentina-Spain) by Marialy Rivas, which shines a spotlight on the stubborn sexual awakening of a young woman destined to serve as the mother of the leaders of an austere sect. The Horizontes Latinos competition will see the involvement of such titles as The Pearl Button [+see also:
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(France-Chile-Spain) by Patricio Guzmán; Chronic [+see also:
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(Mexico-France) by Michel Franco; The Chosen Ones [+see also:
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(Mexico-France) by David Pablos; The Project of the Century [+see also:
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(Cuba-Argentina-Germany-Switzerland) by Carlos M Quintela; Paulina [+see also:
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(Argentina-Brazil-France) by Santiago Mitre; I Promise You Anarchy [+see also:
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(Mexico-Germany) by Julio Hernández Cordón; Land and Shade [+see also:
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(Colombia-Chile-Brazil-the Netherlands-France) by César Augusto Acevedo; Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
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interview: Jayro Bustamante
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(Guatemala-France) by Jayro Bustamante; and Magallanes [+see also:
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(Peru-Argentina-Colombia-Spain), directed by Salvador del Solar and the winner of the most recent Films in Progress.

Furthermore, the European Film Forum Audiences in Motion conference, organised by the festival and Creative Europe-MEDIA, will take place at the San Telmo Museum on 20 September, where a debate will be held on the changes that the internet has made in the areas of creation, production, distribution and exhibition, involving a more active and demanding audience than ever before.

The films in the official selection:

Competition
21 Nights with Pattie [+see also:
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 - Jean-Marie Larrieu, Arnaud Larrieu (France)
Amama (When a Tree Falls) [+see also:
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interview: Asier Altuna
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]
 - Asier Altuna (Spain)
Back to the North - Liu Hao (China)
The Boy and The Beast - Mamoru Hosoda (Japan)
The Apostate [+see also:
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 - Federico Veiroj (Spain, Uruguay, France)
The King of Havana [+see also:
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 - Agustí Villaronga (Spain, Dominican Republic)
Eva Doesn't Sleep [+see also:
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 - Pablo Agüero (France, Argentina, Spain)
Evolution [+see also:
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 - Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France, Belgium, Spain)
Freeheld - Peter Sollett (United States)
High-Rise [+see also:
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 - Ben Wheatley (United Kingdom)
The White Knights [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
 - Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, France)
Les Démons - Philippe Lesage (Canada)
Moira - Levan Tutberidze (Georgia)
Sparrows [+see also:
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interview: Atli Óskar Fjalarsson
interview: Rúnar Rúnarsson
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]
 - Rúnar Rúnarsson (Iceland, Denmark, Croatia)
Sunset Song [+see also:
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interview: Terence Davies
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]
 - Terence Davies (United Kingdom, Luxembourg)
Truman [+see also:
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interview: Cesc Gay
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]
 - Cesc Gay (Spain, Argentina)
Un día perfecto para volar [+see also:
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 - Marc Recha (Spain)

Out of Competition
Regression [+see also:
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interview: Alejandro Amenábar
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]
 - Alejandro Amenábar (Spain, Canada) (opening film)
London Road [+see also:
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 - Rufus Norris (United Kingdom) (closing film)
Mi gran noche [+see also:
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 - Álex de la Iglesia (Spain)
Far from the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Imanol Uribe
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]
 - Imanol Uribe (Spain)
No estamos solos [+see also:
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]
 - Pere Joan Ventura (Spain)

(Translated from Spanish)

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