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Terence Davies, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Arturo Ripstein, Wang Xiaoshuai, Sarah Polley and Julie Delpy in the Official Selection at San Sebastian International Film Festival

Yet another year San Sebastian International Film Festival unites prestigious international filmmakers who will present their latest works. Productions from the United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, Canada, France, China, Argentina, Portugal, Greece and Sweden will gather at the event to compete for the Golden Shell. The other titles in the Official Selection will be announced shortly.


THE DEEP BLUE SEA is the new film from reputed British director Terence Davies, to whom the Festival dedicated a retrospective at its 56th edition (2008).

KISEKI (I Wish), the new movie from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.

LAS RAZONES DEL CORAZÓN (The Reasons of the Heart) is the latest work from Mexico's Arturo Ripstein, who this time round brings us a free and personal adaptation of the last chapters of Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. Arturo Ripstein (Mexico City, 1943) has carried off San Sebastian Festival's Golden Shell on two occasions, for Principio y fin (The Beginning and the End, 1993) and La perdición de los hombres (The Ruination of Men, 2000), plus the Special Jury Prize for El lugar sin límites (The Place Without Limits, 1978).

TAKE THIS WALTZ the Canadian production of actor, director and producer Sarah Polley will also compete in the Official Selection with her second feature.

LE SKYLAB, a nostalgic comedy on a family reunion set in the 70s starring and directed by Julie Delpy.She will participate in the Official Selection with her fourth opus.

11 FLOWERS, the latest work from Chinesse filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai

AMERICANO is a French production directed by and starring Mathieu Demy. Also starring are Salma Hayek, Geraldine Chaplin and Chiara Mastroianni. Mathieu Demy is the son of Agnès Varda and Jacques Demy, to the latter of whom San Sebastian will dedicate a retrospective this year. Contender for the Kutxa-New Directors Award.

LOS MARZIANO (The Marziano's Family), an Argentinean production directed by Ana Katz, starring Guillermo Francella and Arturo Puig,

SANGUE DO MEU SANGUE (Blood of my Blood), a Portuguese production directed by João Canijo, João Canijo (Lisbon, 1958) has worked as assistant director to Manoel de Oliveira,

ADIKOS KOSMOS (Unfair World), directed by Greek Filippos Tsitos,

HAPPY END is a Swedish production directed by Björn Runge on the psychological and physical abuse of women in today's society.


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