The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will present in the Zabaltegi-New Directors section titles from: Iceland, Japan, Israel, Germany, South Korea, Chile, the USA, Austria and the UK. These join the three Spanish movies already announced: Ignacio Ferreras’ Arrugas (Wrinkles), Sandra Sánchez’ Tralas luces (Behind the Lights), and Telmo Esnal’s Urte berri on, amona!
All will contend for the Kutxa-New Directors Award along with another three titles in the Official selection: Americano by Mathieu Demy (France), Rampart by Oren Moverman (USA) and Take This Waltz by Sarah Polley (Canada).
Wild Bill and Silver Tongues
A Beautiful Valley (Emek Tiferet)
(Year: 2011; Director: Hadar Friedlich; Writer: Hadar Friedlich; Stars: Gili Ben-Ozilio, Batia Bar, Hadar Avigad, Eli Ben-rey)
The passing of time seen through the eyes of an old woman who watches the kibbutz that has always been her home transform into a completely different reality.
By The Fire (Sentados Frente Al Fuego)
(Year: 2011; Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras)
The moving love story between a man and a woman afflicted with a terminal illness.
Either Way (Á Annan Veg)
(Country: Iceland; Year: 2011; Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson; Writer: Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson; Stars: Hilmar Guðjónsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson), Official Site
Finnboeg and Alfred paint lines on a road in this gentle comedy. Re-released to coincide with David Gordon Green's remake Prince Avalanche.
(Year: 2011; Director: Mami Sunada; Writer: Mami Sunada)
This heartrending documentary follows the last months in the life of the director’s father, based on the diary he left after having been diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The River Used to Be a Man (DER FLUSS WAR EINST EIN MENSCH)
(Year: 2011; Director: Jan Zabeil; Writer: Alexander Fehling, Jan Zabeil; Stars: Alexander Fehling, Obusentswe Dreamar Manyim, Nx'apa Motswai, Sariqo Sakega, Babotsa Sax'twee)
The story of a young German man lost in Africa.
Either Way and Scars
(Country: South Korea; Year: 2011; Director: Lim Woo-seong)
Hiung-Thu (Scars) is the second film from the South Korean Lim Woo-seong, a dedicated approach to the emotional sufferings of a woman with an unfaithful husband.
(Country: US; Year: 2011; Director: Simon Arthur; Writer: Simon Arthur; Stars: Lee Tergesen, Enid Graham, Tate Ellington, Emily Meade, Harvey Evans, Portia, Adam LeFevre, Rosa Arredondo, Amy Gaipa, Harley Kaplan, Johann Carlo, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Liz Walsh, Judith Knight Young, Joshua Paled), Official Site
A couple travel across country taking on different roles and presenting challenges to strangers.
Still Life (Stillleben)
(Year: 2011; Director: Sebastian Meise; Writer: Sebastian Meise, Thomas Reider; Stars: Christoph Luser, Daniela Golpashin, Anja Plaschg, Roswitha Soukup, Fritz Hörtenhuber), Official Site
A son's disturbing observation threatens to tear a family apart.
(Country: UK; Year: 2011; Director: Dexter Fletcher; Writer: Tim Cole, Dexter Fletcher, Danny King; Stars: Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter, Liz White, Sammy Williams, Leo Gregory, Andy Serkis)
A fresh-out-of-jail ex-con, finds himself landed with taking care of his kids... whether they like it or not.