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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2018 Competition / Out of Competition / Special Screenings

Isaki Lacuesta, Carlos Vermut, Icíar Bollaín & Rodrigo Sorogoyen return to compete at San Sebastián

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- The new works by the directors, who have already battled it out for the Golden Shell at previous editions, spearhead the Basque festival’s selection of Spanish movies

Isaki Lacuesta, Carlos Vermut, Icíar Bollaín & Rodrigo Sorogoyen return to compete at San Sebastián
Quién te cantará by Carlos Vermut

The selection of Spanish films for this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival, the 66th edition (which will unspool from 21-29 September), includes the return of some well-known faces from previous editions of the gathering, who will be duking it out for the Golden Shell.

In fact, two of them can already boast about having said trophy in their display cabinets. Isaki Lacuesta, who scooped the Golden Shell in 2011 with his highly acclaimed, albeit divisive, The Double Steps [+see also:
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, is coming back this year with Between Two Waters [+see also:
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interview: Isaki Lacuesta
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, his brand-new look at the lives of Gypsy brothers Isra and Cheíto, characters he first introduced in his 2006 documentary The Legend of Time. And Carlos Vermut, who has been firmly at the forefront of the new generation of Spanish filmmakers since he scooped the top prize and the Best Director Award in 2014 with Magical Girl [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
film profile
]
, is back with Quién te cantará [+see also:
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, his intriguing study of a successful singer from the 1990s (played by Najwa Nimri) who, with the help of a devoted fan, must struggle with her memory loss in order to return to the stage.

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The other two filmmakers who will be heading to the capital of the Basque Country have not yet won a Golden Shell, but they have featured on the festival’s winners’ list. Icíar Bollaín, whose Take My Eyes [+see also:
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snagged the Silver Shells for Best Actor and Best Actress in 2003, before she competed once again with Mataharis in 2007, will be presenting Yuli [+see also:
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interview: Icíar Bollaín
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, in which she recounts the life and times of Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta. And Rodrigo Sorogoyen, who went home with the Award for Best Screenplay in 2015 for May God Save Us [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
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, will showcase The Realm [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
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, a movie also starring Antonio de la Torre that will lift the lid on the essence of modern-day Spain, as it revolves around the figure of a politician caught up in a corruption affair.

Out of Competition, the festival will play host to the new foray into the world of series by Enrique Urbizu, who, together with Jorge Dorado, has helmed Giants, a thriller for the channel Movistar+ about a family of criminals who use their second-hand furniture business at the flea markets as a front.

Lastly, joining the Spanish films previously announced in the New Directors (see the news) and Zabaltegi-Tabakalera sections (see the news), the Special Screenings sidebar will host Dantza [+see also:
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interview: Telmo Esnal
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, the documentary by Telmo Esnal that was victorious at the first edition of Glocal in Progress last year, and Some Time After [+see also:
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, the eagerly awaited return of seasoned director José Luis Cuerda to the absurd realism of his most popular work, Amanece que no es poco.

Here is the list of films that have just been announced:

Competition

The Realm [+see also:
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interview: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Isabel P…
film profile
]
Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain/France)
Between Two Waters [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
Isaki Lacuesta (Spain/Switzerland/Romania)
Quién te cantará [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
Carlos Vermut (Spain/France)
Yuli [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Icíar Bollaín
film profile
]
Icíar Bollaín (Spain/Cuba/UK/Germany)

Out of Competition

GiantsEnrique Urbizu, Jorge Dorado (Spain) (TV series)

Special Screenings

Dantza [+see also:
trailer
making of
interview: Telmo Esnal
film profile
]
Telmo Esnal (Spain)
Some Time After [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
José Luis Cuerda (Spain/Portugal)

(Translated from Spanish)

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