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San Sebastián 2021 / Competition

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26 articles available in total starting from 20/07/2021. Last article published on 27/09/2021.

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Thierry de Peretti • Director of Undercover

Interview: Thierry de Peretti • Director of Undercover

“Cinema allows us to show the ambiguities of journalists’ working methods”

The French director spoke to Cineuropa about his competition film and revealed why you can learn a lot about the state from the way it deals with crime  

27/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Romanian debut film Blue Moon wins the Golden Shell at San Sebastián

Romanian debut film Blue Moon wins the Golden Shell at San Sebastián

In a bold move, the jury has bestowed the festival’s main prize upon Alina Grigore’s raw and challenging movie; Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s and Tea Lindeburg’s works also won big  

26/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Awards

Review: The Grandmother

Review: The Grandmother

The worlds of Paco Plaza and Carlos Vermut collide in a hair-raising film which encourages us to think about the fleeting nature of beauty, along with loneliness and the high price we pay for success  

24/09 | San Sebastian 2021 | Competition

Tea Lindeburg  • Director of As In Heaven

Interview: Tea Lindeburg • Director of As In Heaven

"There are still 300,000 women a year who die in childbirth"

The Danish director's feature debut centres on a teenage girl in the late 1800s who sees her dream of getting an education threatened when her mother goes into a complicated labour  

24/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Paco Plaza  • Director of The Grandmother

Interview: Paco Plaza • Director of The Grandmother

“Any director would aspire to wanting someone to walk out of their film at the movie theatre”

Horror comes pounding on the doors of San Sebastián with brute force in this film by the Spanish director, which was penned by Carlos Vermut, the winner of the Golden Shell for Magical Girl  

24/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Claudia Llosa • Director of Fever Dream

Interview: Claudia Llosa • Director of Fever Dream

“I hadn’t even reached the last page of the book and I was already saying to myself, “I have to meet this woman; I have to make this film”

For the first time the Peruvian film maker has used someone else’s material for one of her projects, and she talked to us about it and plenty more  

24/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Jonás Trueba • Director of Who’s Stopping Us

Interview: Jonás Trueba • Director of Who’s Stopping Us

“It’s an entirely unpremeditated, intuitive piece of filmmaking”

The Spanish filmmaker vies for the Golden Shell with this genre-defying feature, coaxed into life over the course of five years with the generous participation of a cast of young actors  

23/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: Who’s Stopping Us

Review: Who’s Stopping Us

Jonás Trueba’s latest film is a masterfully executed triple-corkscrew somersault that leaves us in no doubt we are in the presence of a unique and dazzling talent  

23/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: As in Heaven

Review: As in Heaven

An intrepid young woman observes her mother’s difficult labour in this high-intensity drama from debuting Danish director Tea Lindeburg  

23/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

Review: Blue Moon

Review: Blue Moon

Rising Romanian talent Alina Grigore delivers a fine dramatic exercise that draws a parallel between the moon and lunacy  

23/09 | San Sebastián 2021 | Competition

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