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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2018 Competition

Louis Garrel and Tuva Novotny to lock horns at San Sebastián

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- The French actor and Swedish actress have been added to the official section of the Basque gathering with their films A Faithful Man and Blind Spot, respectively

Louis Garrel and Tuva Novotny to lock horns at San Sebastián
A Faithful Man by Louis Garrel

The 66th San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to unspool from 21-29 September, is putting the finishing touches to its programme and has added a number of new titles that will be battling it out for the Golden Shell (after seven films were announced previously – see the news). Standing out amongst the European representatives is the directorial debut by Scandinavian actress Tuva Novotny (who graced screens recently in Borg/McEnroe [+see also:
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), Blind Spot [+see also:
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interview: Tuva Novotny
film profile
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, a Norwegian production about the lack of communication between a mother and daughter; and the second directorial effort by French thesp Louis Garrel (Les Deux Amis [+see also:
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), A Faithful Man [+see also:
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interview: Louis Garrel
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]
, which he also stars in alongside Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp, and which tackles complex romantic relationships.

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Another European filmmaker who will be jetting off to San Sebastián with his brand-new feature is the UK’s Peter Strickland, who previously stunned audiences with his audacious movies Berberian Sound Studio [+see also:
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 and The Duke of Burgundy [+see also:
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. This time, he will be brandishing In Fabric [+see also:
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interview: Peter Strickland
film profile
]
, which boasts a curious synopsis, to say the least, as the movie charts the course of a “cursed dress during the winter sales period in a department store”: originality and a whole host of surprises are guaranteed.

In a league of his own, Belgium’s Felix Van Groeningen, who was widely acclaimed for the tear-jerker The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
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interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
festival scope
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 (2013), went to the USA to shoot Beautiful Boy, a family drama set against the backdrop of drug addiction, and toplined by superstars Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet (renowned for his excellent turn in Call Me by Your Name [+see also:
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Q&A: Luca Guadagnino
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).

Two other titles that will be vying for the top prize hail from Asia: Alpha, the Right to Kill by Filipino master Brillante Mendoza, who is heading to the Spanish festival for the first time with this chronicle of the crackdown on drug trafficking by his country’s police; and Baby, directed by China’s Liu Jie, a heartrending critique of the birth control imposed by the government of this powerful Asian country.

Lastly, we should mention the movie that will have the honour of opening the 63rd edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival: Argentina’s An Unexpected Love, directed by producer Juan Vera and starring that seething hot tub of charisma better known as Ricardo Darín. The red carpet has thus assured its first star, and Darín will be followed by the two Donostia Award winners, the USA’s Danny deVito and Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda, among countless others.

Here is a list of the latest titles to be announced:

Competition

Alpha, the Right to Kill Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
Baby – Liu Jie (China)
Beautiful Boy – Felix Van Groeningen (USA)
Blind Spot [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Tuva Novotny
film profile
]
Tuva Novotny (Norway)
In Fabric [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Peter Strickland
film profile
]
Peter Strickland (UK)
A Faithful Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Louis Garrel
film profile
]
Louis Garrel (France)
An Unexpected Love – Juan Vera (Argentina) (opening film)

(Translated from Spanish)

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