Ozon, Petzold and Hansen-Løve compete in San Sebastian

Film festival announces Golden Shell contenders and Dorothy Arzner retrospective.

by Amber Wilkinson

Shim Sung-bo's Haemu will be in competition
Shim Sung-bo's Haemu will be in competition
More titles in San Sebastian Film Festival's Competition line-up have been announced.

Among the titles competing for the Golden Shell at the festival, which runs from September 19 to 27 are new films from François Ozon, Christian Petzold and Mia Hansen-Løve.

The festival previously announced Spanish films - Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga's Loreak, psychological drama Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut, Alberto Rodríguez's noir thriller Marshland - will be in the running.

Festival regular Ozon - whose In The House won the Golden Shell in 2012 - will take The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Ami), fresh from its world premiere at Toronto. It tells the story of two childhood friends, who when one falls ill as an adult, makes the other pledge to look after her husband and daughter after her death.

Also joining the line-up is Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden, a drama set against the backdrop of the French house music scene of the 90s and Christian Petzold's Phoenix, which sees him reteam with Barbara star Nina Hoss as a woman who has plastic surgery after being disfigured in a concentration camp and who gets more than she bargains for when she goes in search of her husband.

Among the other seven titles announced is Dennis Lehane adaptation The Drop, directed by Belgian Michaël R Roskam and starring Tom Hardy, and the Bong Joon-ho-produced Haemu, a tale of illegal migrant smuggling directed by Shim Sung-bo (who wrote Memories Of Murder).

Rounding out the selection so far is Palm d'Or winner Bille August's generational drama Silent Heart (Stille Hjerte) and John Malkovich-starrer Casanova Variations, the story of the infamous seducer directed by Michael Sturminger.

Pablo Malo Mozo's Lasla and Zabala and Isaki Lacuesta's Murieron Por Encima De Sus Posibilidades will also screen in the section out of competition.

The festival has also announced that it will be holding a retrospective of Dorothy Arzner, the first woman member of the Directors Guild of America, while its thematic retrospective will be Eastern Promises. Portrait of Eastern Europe in 50 films. Titles will include The Death Of Mr Lazarescu, 12:08, East Of Bucharest and No Man's Land.

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