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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2019 Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

San Sebastián tops off its surprising Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section

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- The Basque festival’s most daring sidebar will offer viewers works by Bertrand Bonello, Damien Manivel and Anne Sofie Hartmann, among other fascinating and gutsy filmmakers

San Sebastián tops off its surprising Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section
Zombi Child by Bertrand Bonello

A total of 14 titles will be competing for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award at the fast-approaching 67th edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, which will unspool from 20-28 September 2019. Standing out among the carefully curated selection, which favours risk-taking, courageousness and cutting-edge filmmaking, are three European directors: the ever-controversial – but just as revered – French helmer Bertrand Bonello will bring along Zombi Child [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile
]
, a film that previously took part in the Directors’ Fortnight at the most recent Cannes Film Festival; Damien Manivel will enable audiences in the Basque city to enjoy Isadora’s Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Damien Manivel
film profile
]
(France/South Korea), which was presented at Locarno recently; and Anne Sofie Hartmann cannot fail to move audiences with Giraffe [+see also:
trailer
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]
, a co-production between Germany and Denmark.

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Hailing from France, a country that will enjoy a particularly strong presence at the gathering, the documentary Our Defeats [+see also:
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by Jean-Gabriel Périot, which took part in the 2019 Berlinale Forum, will also be locking horns in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section; this also goes for the documentary Delphine and Carole [+see also:
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by Callisto McNulty (co-produced with Switzerland), Atlantics [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mati Diop
film profile
]
by Mati Diop (also backed by Senegal and Belgium – the winner of the Grand Prix at the most recent Cannes Film Festival), The Wild Goose Lake [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Diao Yinan
film profile
]
by Diao Yinan (China/France – which was also vying for the Palme d’Or back in May), and Play [+see also:
trailer
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]
by Anthony Marciano (his third feature, following The Brats [+see also:
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]
and Robin Hood, The True Story [+see also:
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]
). Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Bird Island [+see also:
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]
by Maya Kosa and Sergio da Costa will get an airing at San Sebastián after it was screened at the most recent Locarno Film Festival.

Other features with European involvement selected for Zabaltegi-Tabakalera 2019 are the co-productions I Was at Home, but… [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Angela Schanelec
film profile
]
, a drama helmed by German actress-director Angela Schanelec (Germany/Serbia), which competed at Berlin earlier this year; the documentary short Blue Boy (Germany/Argentina) by Manuel Abramovich, who served as the DoP on Theatre of War [+see also:
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]
by Lola Arias, which was showcased in this very same section one year ago; and First Love [+see also:
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]
by Takashi Miike (Japan/UK), which was world-premiered in the most recent Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

And finally, the section’s remaining contenders come from North and South America: namely, Ghost Town Anthology by Denis Côté (Canada), the documentary Ficción privada by Andrés di Tella (Argentina) and the short film Shakti by the ever-fascinating Buenos Aires-born filmmaker Martín Rejtman (Argentina/Chile), who is a regular at European film festivals, such as Locarno (Two Gun Shots [+see also:
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).

Here are the new additions, as well as the films already announced, to the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section at San Sebastián 2019:

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

Atlantics [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mati Diop
film profile
]
- Mati Diop (France/Senegal/Belgium)
Blue Boy - Manuel Abramovich (Germany/Argentina) (short film)
Delphine and Carole [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Calisto McNulty (France/Switzerland)
The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy - Justin Webster (Spain/Germany) (TV series)
Ficción privada - Andrés di Tella (Argentina)
Giraffe [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Anne Sofie Hartmann (Germany/Denmark)
First Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Takashi Miike (Japan/UK)
I Was at Home, but…
 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Angela Schanelec
film profile
]
- Angela Schanelec (Germany/Serbia)
Bird Island [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Maya Kosa, Sergio da Costa (Switzerland)
Isadora’s Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Damien Manivel
film profile
]
- Damien Manivel (France/South Korea)
The Golden Legend - Ion de Sosa, Chema García Ibarra (Spain) (short film)
Lursaguak - Izibene Oñederra (Spain) (short film)
The Wild Goose Lake [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Diao Yinan
film profile
]
- Diao Yinan (China/France)
Nimic - Yorgos Lanthimos (Germany/UK/US) (short film)
Our Defeats [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Jean-Gabriel Périot (France)
Play [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
Anthony Marciano (France)
Ghost Town Anthology - Denis Côté (Canada)
Shakti - Martín Rejtman (Argentina/Chile) (short film)
Urpean Lurra - Maddi Barber (Spain) (medium-length film)
Zombi Child [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile
]
- Bertrand Bonello (France)

(Translated from Spanish)

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