San Sebastian Film Festival 2020

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Slow Singing Slow Singing
Slow Singing and Memory House
Along The Sea (Umibe No Kanojotachi) (Director: Akio Fujimoto; Stars: Hoang Phuong, Anh Huynh Tuyet, Nhu Quynh)
Phuong, An, and Nhu are Vietnamese women in their early 20s. The three become illegal residents in Japan after escaping from their workplace as technical trainees but trouble brews when one of them falls sick.
World premiere
Ane (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: David Pérez Sañudo; Writer: Marina Parés, David Pérez Sañudo; Stars: Patricia López Arnaiz, Luis Callejo, Miren Gaztañaga, Fernando Albizu, David Blanka, Mikel Losada, Aia Kruse, Iñaki Ardanaz, Nagore Aranburu, Gorka Aguinagalde, Amaia Lizarralde, Lander Otaola, Gaizka Ugarte, Erik Probanza, Fernando Pérez Sañudo)
A mother whose daughter goes missing begins to realise she was a stranger to her.
World premiere
Chupacabra (Year: 2020; Director: Grigoriy Kolomiytsev; Stars: Platon Kuzmich, Said Gamzatov, Karina Alexandrova, Serafim Cherkinsky, Tatiana Knyazeva)
Nine year-old Andrey's mother wants to put him into an orphanage. One day, he finds a dog on the beach and decides that it is the mystical beast known as Chupacabra, a goat vampire, which will make a miracle happen.
World premiere
Death Knell (Hil Pankaiak) (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Imanol Rayo; Stars: Itziar Ituño, Eneko Sagardoy, Yon González, Asier Hernández, Iñigo Aranburu, Dorleta Urretabizkaia, Josean Bengoetxea, Kandido Uranga, Patricia López Arnaiz, Andrés Gertrúdix, Itxaso Arana)
A skeleton is found buried at a farmhouse but when the authorities turn up, the bones are gone. Suddenly, the bell on the nearby chapel begins to peal. This bad omen announces the coming of tragic events and reopens old wounds within the family.
World premiere
Grand Écart (Spagat) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Christian Johannes Koch; Writer: Christian Johannes Koch, Josa Sesink; Stars: Rachel Braunschweig, Aleksey Serebryakov, Masha Demiri, Nellie Hächler, Michael Neuenschwander, Hans-Caspar Gattiker, Foscky Pueta, Maurice Schnieper, Roger Bonjour, Anna-Katharina Müller, Kenneth Huber, Patrick Slanzi, Dardan Sadik, Sandrine Schilling, Antoine Volet)
A teacher who is having affair finds her secret exposed with far-reaching consequences.
Along The Sea Along The Sea
Along The Sea and Limbo
Gull (Gal-mae-gi) (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Kim Mi-Jo; Writer: Kim Mi-Jo; Stars: Jeong Ae-hwa)
Drama about the aftermath of a middle-aged woman's rape.
International premiere
I Never Cry (Jak Najdalej Stad) (Country: Poland, Ireland; Year: 2020; Director: Piotr Domalewski; Writer: Piotr Domalewski; Stars: David Pearse, Cosmina Stratan, Tomasz Zietek, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Kinga Preis, Paul Boyle, Zofia Stafiej, Ann-Marie O'Connor, David Pearse, Cosmina Stratan, Tomasz Zietek, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Kinga Preis, Paul Boyle, Zofia Stafiej)
A woman travels to Ireland to repatriate her father's body after he dies in a workplace accident.
World premiere
Last Days Of Spring (La Ultima Primavera) (Country: Netherlands, Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Isabel Lamberti; Writer: Isabel Lamberti, Lenina Ungari; Stars: David Gabarre Jiménez, Agustina Mendoza Gabarre, David Gabarre Mendoza, Ángelo Gabarre Mendoza, María Duro Rego, David Gabarre Duro, Isabel Gabarre Mendoza, Angelines Gabarre Mendoza, Alejandro Gabarre Mendoza)
In a shanty town outside Madrid, tensions rise between the inhabitants being forced out and the officials who want to evict them.
World premiere
Limbo (Country: UK; Year: 2020; Director: Ben Sharrock; Writer: Ben Sharrock; Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Amir El-Masry, Kenneth Collard, Lewis Gribben, Kais Nashif, Vikash Bhai, Grace Chilton, Cameron Fulton, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Silvie Furneaux, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Amir El-Masry, Kenneth Collard, Lewis Gribben)
Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request. Due to the plaster-cast on his arm, he cannot play his oud and instead wanders the epic landscapes searching for answers to a complex past and daunting future.
European premiere
Memory House (Casa De Antiguidades) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: João Paulo Miranda Maria; Writer: João Paulo Miranda Maria; Stars: Sam Louwyck, Soren Hellerup, Antonio Pitanga, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Sam Louwyck, Soren Hellerup, Antonio Pitanga, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti)
When a black Brazilian moves to the south to work in a milk factory, he finds himself facing xenophobia. Isolated, the discovery of an abandoned house prompts him to reconnect with his roots... but objects begin to mysteriously appear.
World premiere
I Never Cry I Never Cry
I Never Cry and Gull
Slow Singing (Ge Sheng Yuan He Man Ban Pai) (Country: China; Year: 2020; Director: Xingyi Dong; Writer: Xingyi Dong; Stars: Lusheng Xu, Lusheng Xu)
A young man returns to his home town after a spell in jail.
World premiere
Spring Blossom (16 Printemps) (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Suzanne Lindon; Writer: Suzanne Lindon; Stars: Arnaud Valois, Frédéric Pierrot, Dominique Besnehard, Suzanne Lindon, Rebecca Marder, Philippe Uchan, Florence Viala, Françoise Widhoff, Raymond Aquaviva, Arthur Giusi, Arnaud Valois, Frédéric Pierrot, Dominique Besnehard, Suzanne Lindon, Rebecca Marder)
A bored teenager finds herself torn between the love of an older man and her adolescence.
European premiere
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