San Sebastian Film Festival 2018

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Alpha, The Right To Kill and Rojo
Alpha, The Right To Kill (Country: Philippines; Year: 2018; Director: Brillante Mendoza; Stars: Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, Baron Geisler)
Set against the background of the government's crackdown on illegal drugs, the SWAT-led police force launches an operation to arrest a drug dealer, with a detective and his informant Elijah providing the intelligence.
Angelo (Country: Austria, Luxembourg; Year: 2018; Director: Markus Schleinzer; Writer: Alexander Brom, Markus Schleinzer; Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Christian Friedel, Larisa Faber, Michael Rotschopf, Dominic Marcus Singer, Gerti Drassl, Marisa Growaldt, Lukas Miko, Éric Gigout, Daniel Hoesl, Nilton Martins, Nancy Mensah-Offei, Makita Samba, Martine Schambacher, Ryan Nzogang)
Trouble brews for a young African in Europe in the 18th century.
An Unexpected Love (Country: Argentina; Year: 2018; Director: Juan Vera; Writer: Daniel Cúparo, Juan Vera; Stars: Ricardo Darín, Mercedes Morán, Claudia Fontán, Luis Rubio, Andrea Pietra, Jean Pierre Noher, Claudia Lapacó, Chico Novarro, Gabriel Corrado, Andrea Politti, Norman Briski, Juan Minujín, Andres Gil, Ricardo Darín, Mercedes Morán)
Opening night
Baby (Bao Bei er) (Country: China; Year: 2018; Director: Jie Liu; Stars: Yang Mi, Guo Jingfei, Lee Hong-Chi, Wang Yanjun, Zhu Shaojun, Yan Surong)
A teenager with a genetic illness since birth is determined to save a newborn baby with the same condition.
Bad Times At The El Royale (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Drew Goddard; Writer: Drew Goddard; Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Manny Jacinto, Nick Offerman, Xavier Dolan)
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell.
Closing night. Out of competition
The Realm The Realm
The Realm and Yuli
Beautiful Boy (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Felix Van Groeningen; Writer: Luke Davies, Felix Van Groeningen, David Sheff, Nic Sheff; Stars: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Christian Convery, Oakley Bull, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Ryan, Stefanie Scott, Julian Works, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ricky Low, Marypat Farrell, Amy Forsyth, Andre Royo)
A father tries to help his son break his cycle of drug addiction.
Between Two Waters (Entre Dos Aguas) (Country: Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Isaki Lacuesta; Writer: Fran Araújo, Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta; Stars: Israel Gómez Romero, Francisco José Gómez Romero, Israel Gómez Romero, Francisco José Gómez Romero)
Isra and Cheíto are two Roma brothers: Isra was sent to prison for drug dealing and Cheíto signed up for the Marines. When Isra is released from prison and Cheíto returns from a long mission, they return to San Fernando. Their reunion brings memories of their father’s violent death when they were children.
The Black Book (Country: France, Portugal; Year: 2018; Director: Valeria Sarmiento; Writer: Camilo Castelo Branco, Carlos Saboga; Stars: Lou de Laâge, Stanislas Merhar, Niels Schneider, Jenna Thiam, David Caracol, Fleur Fitoussi, Tiago Varela da Silva, Vasco Varela da Silva, Victória Guerra, Joana Ribeiro, Catarina Wallenstein, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, François Deblock, Daniela Melchior, Filipe Vargas)
Blind Spot (Blindsone) (Country: Norway; Year: 2018; Director: Tuva Novotny; Writer: Tuva Novotny; Stars: Pia Tjelta, Oddgeir Thune, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Per Frisch, Carl Munck, Nora Mathea Øien, Marianne Krogh, Ellen Heyerdahl, Hilde Linseth Stømer, Teodor Barsnes-Simonsen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Pia Tjelta, Oddgeir Thune, Per Frisch, Carl Munck)
Real time drama about what happens when tragedy strikes a family.
A Faithful Man (L’Homme fidèle) (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Louis Garrel; Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière, Louis Garrel; Stars: Lily-Rose Depp, Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta, Lily-Rose Depp, Louis Garrel, Laetitia Casta)
Rom-com love triangle with added kid.
In Fabric In Fabric
In Fabric and Beautiful Boy
High Life (Country: Germany, France, UK, Poland, Canada, US; Year: 2018; Director: Claire Denis; Writer: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox, Nick Laird; Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, Claire Tran, Ewan Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Victor Banerjee, Jessie Ross, Juliette Picollot, Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin)
Deep space drama.
Illang: The Wolf Brigade (Country: Korea, South Korea; Year: 2018; Director: Kim Jee-woon; Writer: Kim Jee-woon, based on the book by Mamoru Oshii; Stars: Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-Joo, Gang Dong-won, Minho Choi, Heo Jun-ho, Shin Eun-soo)
Set in a distant future as riots rage because of the establishment of a joint North and South Korean government, a special police unit is formed to end the chaos.
The Innocent (Der Unschuldige) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2018; Director: Simon Jaquemet; Writer: Simon Jaquemet; Stars: Anna Tenta, Judith Hofmann, Urs-Peter Wolters, Christian Kaiser, Anna Tenta, Judith Hofmann, Urs-Peter Wolters, Christian Kaiser)
A woman finds her religious faith shaken.
In Fabric (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Peter Strickland; Writer: Peter Strickland; Stars: Gwendoline Christie, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Caroline Catz, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Leo Bill, Hayley Squires, Richard Bremmer, Steve Oram, Julian Barratt, Karl Farrer, Gavin Brocker, Susanna Cappellaro, Fatma Mohamed, Sara Dee, Pano Masti)
Two stories about a cursed dress and its victims.
Quién Te Cantará (Country: Spain, France; Year: 2018; Director: Carlos Vermut; Writer: Carlos Vermut; Stars: Najwa Nimri, Inma Cuevas, Natalia de Molina, Julián Villagrán, Carme Elias, Vicenta N'Dongo, Eva Llorach, Ignacio Mateos, Catalina Sopelana, Najwa Nimri, Inma Cuevas, Natalia de Molina, Julián Villagrán, Carme Elias, Vicenta N'Dongo)
Lila Cassen was the most successful Spanish singer of the nineties until she mysteriously vanished from one day to the next. Ten years later Lila is preparing her triumphant stage comeback; however, shortly before the long-awaited date she is involved in an accident and loses her memory.
Bad Times At The El Royale Bad Times At The El Royale
Bad Times At The El Royale and Blind Spot
The Realm (El Reino) (Country: Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen; Writer: Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen; Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Mónica López, Josep Maria Pou, Nacho Fresneda, Ana Wagener, Bárbara Lennie, Luis Zahera, Francisco Reyes, María de Nati, Paco Revilla, Sonia Almarcha, David Lorente, Óscar de la Fuente, Mona Martínez, Pepe Ocio)
Manuel, an influential deputy secretary of an regional government who has everything going his way, finds himself fighting for survival when news of his involvement in a corruption ring leaks out.
Rojo (Country: Argentina; Year: 2018; Director: Benjamín Naishtat; Writer: Benjamín Naishtat; Stars: Alfredo Castro, Darío Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio)
Violence is sparked on the eve of Argentina's dictatorship.
Vision (Country: France, Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Naomi Kawase; Writer: Naomi Kawase; Stars: Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase, Mari Natsuki, Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase, Mari Natsuki)
A Frenchwoman enters a Japanese forest in search of a herb rumoured to be able to cure emotional pain.
Yuli (Country: Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Icíar Bollaín; Writer: Paul Laverty; Stars: Edison Manuel Olvera, Mario Elias, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Carlos Acosta, Santiago Alfonso, Andrea Doimeadiós, Laura De la Uz, Carlos Acosta, Keyvin Martínez, Cesar Domínguez, Yerlín Pérez, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Andrea Doimeadiós, Laura De la Uz, Keyvin Martínez)
The true story of Carlos Acosta, a black Cuban dancer who rose from an impoverished childhood to find international acclaim as a ballet dancer with London's Royal Ballet.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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