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Close Your Eyes
Close Your Eyes
A TV show looking into the mysterious disappearance of an actor leads a director on a journey into his own past while making discoveries in the present.
Orlando, My Political Biography
Orlando, My Political Biography
Docufiction interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.
Evil Does Not Exist
Evil Does Not Exist
A rural village faces disruption from the construction of a glamping site for Tokyo tourists.
Io Capitano
Io Capitano
Two Senegalese teenagers try to realise their dream of a new life in Europe.
Red Island
Red Island
Set in Madagascar in the early 1970s, on one of the last air bases of the French army, where military families live the last throes of colonialism. Influenced by his reading of the intrepid comic book heroine Fantômette, ten-year-old Thomas sweeps with a curious glance what surrounds him, while the world gradually opens up to a different reality.
A mother is shocked when she learns what a teacher has said to her son, but the truth is more complicated.
The Promised Land
The Promised Land
In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heath with a seemingly impossible goal; to build a colony in the name of the King.
The Delinquents
The Delinquents
Two bank staff rob their own establishment.
The New Boy
The New Boy
The story of a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy who arrives in the dead of night at a remote monastery, run by a renegade nun, where his presence disturbs the delicately balanced world.
Perfect Days
Perfect Days
The story of an urban renewal project which involves the creation of 17 public toilets in key locations in the Japanese capital.
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San Sebastian Film Festival Features

In search of liberty
Rodrigo Moreno on freedom and character development in The Delinquents
Campillo’s swipe at 'paradise'
Red Island director trounces childhood demons and colonisation in the sun
Bitter taste of an awards season row
Director of The Taste of Things on Binoche, Magimel and an Oscar polemic
Binoche’s recipe for a reunion
The Taste Of Things brings France’s celebrity couple together again
Now is now
Wim Wenders on Yasujirō Ozu, Anselm Kiefer, Ingeborg Bachmann and Perfect Days
Rough justice
Delphine Girard on her debut Through The Night
Warwick Thornton's practical magic
The New Boy director on working with children, animals and just one camera
Pain and playfulness
Isabella Eklöf on directorial choices and remote shooting and adapting Kalak
Mixing fact and fiction
Henry Bernadet on working with his cast to develop teen ensemble drama Gamma Rays
'We wanted to portray each human being with their contradictions'
Silver Shell winner Marcelo Subiotto on comedy and philosopy in Puan
Balancing the philosophical and the physical
María Alché and Benjamín Naishtat on combining scripted humour with silent comedy in Puan
Playing with a playwright
Gabriel Byrne, James Marsh, Neil Forsyth and Fion O'Shea on bringing Beckett to the screen in Dance First
Unspoken truths
Emmanuelle Devos on denial and gesture in A Silence
Truth and nail
Christos Nikou on technology, love and Eighties synthpop in Fingernails
Place in time
Yui Kiyohara on Yukiko Iioka, Tadashi Okuno, Like Someone In Love and Remembering Every Night
A smouldering story
Thomas Schubert on imposter syndrome and tonal ambiguity in Afire
Cinema as a means of resurrection
Maite Alberdi on Pablo Larrain, Raul Ruiz and The Eternal Memory
Targets of desire
Christian Petzold on An Affair To Remember, summers and Afire
In his mind
Christian Petzold on summer movies and Afire
The forbidden forest
Juan Sebastián Torales on the declining forest, LGBT experiences and Almamula
'We made magic'
Lila Avilés on the meeting between the worlds of adults and children in Tótem

San Sebastian Film Festival News

Rye Horn takes top award in San Sebastian
Local director Jaione Camborda's period drama wins Golden Shell
Claire Denis to head San Sebastian Jury
Hayao Miyazaki will receive Donostia Award
San Sebastian adds six films to Competition
Riz Ahmed and Jessie Buckley starrer among additions
San Sebastian announces Zabaltegi-Tabakalera line-up
Festival will also honour Víctor Erice
Fallen Leaves wins FIPRESCI Grand Prix
Aki Kaurismäki takes annual international critics' prize for a second time
San Sebastian announces Pearls
Section to open with The Zone Of Interest
The Boy And The Heron to open San Sebastian
Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film heads straight from Toronto
San Sebastian begins to take shape
New Directors and Horizontes Latinos announced

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