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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2020 Competition / Out of Competition / Special Screenings / New Directors / Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

San Sebastián to welcome Luca Guadagnino

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- The Spanish festival will host the world premiere of the Italian director's series We Are Who We Are, and completes Competition, New Directors and Zabaltegi-Tabakalera selections

San Sebastián to welcome Luca Guadagnino
We Are Who We Are by Luca Guadagnino

The 68th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (which will take place physically, if the pandemic allows it, from 18 to 26 September) will host the world premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are, the HBO-SKY series announced as one of the three projects selected for the Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, whose 52nd edition was unable to go ahead due to Covid-19 (read news).

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Written by Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri together with Guadagnino, the 8-episode series explores friendship, first love and identity through two adolescents living on an American military base in Italy. In the words of the San Sebastian director, José Luis Rebordinos, having the world premiere of We Are Who We Are is a “luxury” for the festival programme.

The festival will also host the premiere of the new film by Cesc Gay after his multi-awarded Truman [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Cesc Gay
film profile
]
and his Movistar+ series Félix, The People Upstairs [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
, the feature debut by Nacho Álvarez My Heart Goes Boom! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nacho Álvarez
film profile
]
, a musical starring Ingrid García-Jonsson including in its soundtrack the greatest hits of the Italian Raffaella Carrà and the series Inés del alma mía as part of the RTVE Galas.

The festival has also completed the list of films in Competition with the second feature by China’s Zhou Ziyang, Wuhai, as well as the New Directors section with the first feature by Switzerland’s Christian Johannes Koch, Spagat [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christian Johannes Koch
film profile
]
.

Finally, a total of 19 titles will compete for the award in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section. Several of the ten feature films and nine shorts programmed landed awards or screened at the last Berlinale; however, there are also works which were to have participated in the cancelled Cannes Film Festival and films which will shortly screen at the Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.

The films:

Competition

Akelarre [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pablo Agüero
film profile
]
Pablo Agüero (Argentina/Spain/France)
Any Crybabies Around?Takuma Sato (Japan)
Another Round [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands)
Beginning [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
Dea Kulumbegashvili (France/Georgia)
Courtroom 3H [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 – Antonio Méndez Esparza (USA/Spain)
Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan [+see also:
film review
interview: Julien Temple
film profile
]
Julien Temple (UK)
Summer of 85 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
François Ozon (France)
In the Dusk [+see also:
trailer
interview: Sharunas Bartas
film profile
]
Sharunas Bartas (Lithuania/France/Czech Republic/Serbia/Portugal/Latvia)
We Will Never Die - Eduardo Crespo (Argentina)
Passion simple [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Danielle Arbid
film profile
]
- Danielle Arbid (France/Belgium)
Supernova [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Harry Macqueen
film profile
]
Harry Macqueen (UK)
True MothersNaomi Kawase (Japan)
WuhaiZhou Ziyang (China)

Out of Competition

Rifkin’s Festival [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Woody Allen (USA/Spain/Italy) (opening film)
Riot Police – Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain) (series)

Special Screenings

Patria – Aitor Gabilondo (Spain) (series)
The Great FelloveMatt Dillon (Mexico/Cuba/USA)
We Are Who We AreLuca Guadagnino (Italy/USA) (series)

Donostia Award Screening

Falling [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Viggo Mortensen (Canada/UK/USA/Denmark)

RTVE Screenings

My Heart Goes Boom! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nacho Álvarez
film profile
]
Nacho Álvarez (Spain/Italy)
Inés del alma míaAlejandro Bazzano, Nicolás Acuña (Spain/Chile) (series)
The People Upstairs [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
Cesc Gay (Spain)

New Directors

16 printemps [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Suzanne Lindon
film profile
]
Suzanne Lindon (France)
Ane [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: David Pérez Sañudo
film profile
]
David Pérez Sañudo (Spain)
Casa de antiguidades [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
João Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil/France)
ChupacabraGrigory Kolomytsev (Russia)
GullKim Mi-Jo (South Korea)
Slow SingingXingyi Dong (China)
Campanadas a muerto [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
Imanol Rayo (Spain)
I Never Cry [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 – Piotr Domalewski (Poland/Ireland)
La última primavera [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isabel Lamberti
film profile
]
Isabel Lamberti (Netherlands/Spain)
Limbo [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Ben Sharrock (UK)
Spagat [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christian Johannes Koch
film profile
]
 - Christian Johannes Koch (Switzerland)
Along the Sea (Umibe no kanojotachi)Akio Fujimoto (Japan/Vietnam)

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

The Metamorphosis of Birds [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Catarina Vasconcelos
film profile
]
- Catarina Vasconcelos (Portugal)
Autofiction – Laida Lertxundi (Spain/USA/New Zealand) (short film)
Cold MeridianPeter Strickland (Hungary/UK) (short film)
Correspondence – Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor (Chile/Spain) (short film)
The Woman Who RanHong Sang-soo (South Korea)
DustinNaïla Guiguet (Francia) (short film)
FaunaNicolás Pereda (Canada/México)
Having a Good TimeBell Zhong (China) (short film)
I Am Afraid to Forget Your FaceSameh Alaa (Egypt/France/Belgium/Qatar) (short film)
The Salt of Tears [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Philippe Garrel (France/Switzerland)
Los conductos [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Camilo Restrepo (France/Colombia/Brazil)
Perpetual NightPedro Peralta (Portugal/France) (short film)
The CalmingSong Fang (China)
DaysTsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan)
Simon Calls [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Marta Sousa Ribeiro (Portugal)
StephanieLeonardo Van Dijl (Belgium) (short film)
The Trouble with Being Born [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sandra Wollner
film profile
]
Sandra Wöllner (Austria/Germany)
An Optical Illusion [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juan Cavestany
film profile
]
Juan Cavestany (Spain)
Ya no duermo – Marina Palacio Burgueño (Spain) (short film)
Yellow Cat [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
Adilkhan Yerzhanov (Kazakhstan/France)

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