San Sebastian Film Festival 2020

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The Calming The Calming
The Calming and Fauna
An Optical Illusion (Un Efecto Optico) (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Juan Cavestany; Writer: Juan Cavestany; Stars: Carmen Machi, Luis Bermejo, Pepón Nieto, Lucía Juárez, Carmen Machi, Luis Bermejo, Pepón Nieto, Lucía Juárez)
A couple from Burgos, Alfredo and Teresa, travel to New York where they intend to “switch off” and do all of the things listed in the guidebook. But the moment they land they start to notice signs, some subtle and others rather less so, that in fact they’re not in the city sold to them by the travel agency. So where are they?
Autofiction (Autoficcion) (Country: Spain, United States, New Zealand; Year: 2020; Director: Laida Lertxundi; Writer: Laida Lertxundi)
Borrowing its name from the title of a literary genre, the film recognises the indeterminacy of both fiction and of the being.
The Calming (Country: China; Year: 2020; Director: Song Fang; Stars: Xi Qi, Ye Yuzhu, Song Dijin, Makiko Watanabe, Chen Yadi, He Pei)
A young film director makes her way around Japan, China, and Hong Kong after a relationship breakup.
Cold Meridian (Country: UK, Hungary; Year: 2020; Director: Peter Strickland; Writer: Peter Strickland; Stars: Juli Jakab, Márton Kristóf, Máté Váth, Dalma Wéninger, Juli Jakab, Márton Kristóf, Máté Váth, Dalma Wéninger)
The repeated rituals of an autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) online performer and her viewers.
Correspondence (Country: Spain, Chile; Year: 2020; Director: Carla Simón, Dominga Sotomayor; Writer: Carla Simón, Dominga Sotomayor)
Visual correspondence between Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor in which they share little pieces of their lives and what has led them to tell the stories they tell on the big screen and to become the creators they are today.
The Trouble With Being Born The Trouble With Being Born
The Trouble With Being Born and Los Conductos
Days (Rizi) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2020; Director: Tsai Ming-liang; Stars: Lee Kang-sheng, Anong Houngheuangsy)
Kang lives alone in a big house, Non in a small apartment in town. They meet, and then part, their days flowing on as before.
Dustin (Country: France; Year: 2020; Director: Naïla Guiguet; Writer: Naïla Guiguet; Stars: Lucie Borleteau, Juan Corrales, Erwan Fale, Félix Maritaud, Raya Martigny, Dustin Muchuvitz, Lucie Borleteau, Juan Corrales, Erwan Fale, Félix Maritaud, Raya Martigny, Dustin Muchuvitz)
In an abandoned warehouse, a crowd is dancing as one to 145 BPM techno music. Among them is Dustin, a young transgender man and his crew: Felix, Raya and Juan.
Fauna (Country: Mexico, Canada; Year: 2020; Director: Nicolás Pereda; Stars: Gabino Rodríguez, Luisa Pardo, Francisco Barreiro, Teresa Sánchez, José Rodríguez López, Mariana Villegas, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, Gabino Rodríguez, Luisa Pardo, Francisco Barreiro, Teresa Sánchez, José Rodríguez López, Mariana Villegas, Fernando Álvarez Rebeil)
A young television actress who joins her estranged brother and new boyfriend to visit her family at her parents’ rustic home in the Mexican countryside, sparking a culture clash.
Having A Good Time (Country: China; Year: 2020; Director: Bell Zhong; Writer: Bell Zhong; Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Zezhi Long, Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Zezhi Long)
After being separated for 82 days, Adam travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves, whatever it takes.
I Don't Sleep Anymore (Ya No Duermo) (Country: Spain; Year: 2020; Director: Marina Palacio; Writer: Jesús Palacio, Marina Palacio, Marina Palacio; Stars: Miguel Burgueño, Jesús Palacio, Miguel Burgueño, Jesús Palacio)
A family-made movie showing us Miguel and his Uncle Kechus, who want to shoot a film about vampires. In that endeavour to create something together, reality and fiction alternate, in a game which also shows the particular relationship established between boy and adult.
The Metamorphosis Of Birds The Metamorphosis Of Birds
The Metamorphosis Of Birds and The Salt Of Tears
Los Conductos (Country: France, Colombia, Brazil; Year: 2020; Director: Camilo Restrepo; Writer: Camilo Restrepo; Stars: Fernando Úsaga Higuíta, Luis Felipe Lozano, Fernando Úsaga Higuíta, Luis Felipe Lozano)
Pinky is on the run. Ghosts are chasing him through an empty, apocalyptic city.
The Metamorphosis Of Birds (A metamorfose dos pássaros) (Country: Portugal; Year: 2020; Director: Catarina Vasconcelos; Writer: Catarina Vasconcelos; Stars: Manuel Rosa, João Móra, Ana Vasconcelos, Henrique Vasconcelos, Inês Campos, Catarina Vasconcelos, José Manuel Mendes, João Pedro Mamede, Cláudia Varejão, Luísa Ministro, José Maria Rosa, João Vasconcelos, Nuno Vasconcelos)
Beatriz and Henrique fall in love and get married. He goes to sea while she raises their children. The director brings her family's story to the screen.
Perpetual Night (Noche Perpetua) (Country: Portugal, France; Year: 2020; Director: Pedro Peralta; Stars: Joaquín Calderon, Paz Couso, Matilde Couso de Arccos, Domicília Nunes, Sara Piris, Joaquín Calderon, Paz Couso, Matilde Couso de Arccos, Domicília Nunes, Sara Piris)
Castuera, Spain, April 1939. During the night, two Falangist guards appear at the door of the home in which Paz is taking refuge with her family, she understands the fatality of the visit and asks to breastfeed her baby one last time.
The Salt Of Tears (Le sel des larmes) (Country: France, Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Philippe Garrel; Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière, Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann; Stars: Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Louise Chevillotte, André Wilms, Souheila Yacoub, Aline Belibi, Teddy Chawa, Martin Mesnier, Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Louise Chevillotte, André Wilms, Souheila Yacoub, Aline Belibi, Teddy Chawa)
Story about a relationship that sparks between a provincial youngster on a trip to Paris and a woman he meets there.
Simon Calls (Country: Portugal; Year: 2020; Director: Marta Sousa Ribeiro; Writer: Marta Sousa Ribeiro; Stars: Simon Langlois, Mariana Achega, Rita Martins, Bernardo Chatillon, Miguel Orrico, Pedro Melo Alves, Raimundo Carvalho, Sérgio Coragem, Catarina Guerreiro, Bertrand Joanny, Maria Leite, André Murraças, Leonardo Outeiro, Raquel Pimpão, Francisco Sousa)
It's last week at school, but Simon's not studying for his finals. His parents have divorced and seem to be waiting for a change that never comes. Simon gets tired of waiting. Could he get a one-way ticket to the USA?
Stephanie (Country: Belgium; Year: 2020; Director: Leonardo Van Dijl; Writer: Leonardo Van Dijl; Stars: Benjamin Ramon, Sophie Decleir, Stefan Gota, Charlotte Verwimp, Sofie Vorthoren, Bien De Moor, Benjamin Ramon, Sophie Decleir, Stefan Gota, Charlotte Verwimp, Sofie Vorthoren, Bien De Moor)
A winning gymnast is overwhelmed by the attention. The more recognition she gets, the more she realises that the game has only just begun.
The Trouble With Being Born (Country: Austria, Germany; Year: 2020; Director: Sandra Wollner; Writer: Sandra Wollner; Stars: Jana McKinnon, Ingrid Burkhard, Susanne Gschwendtner, Dominik Warta, Lena Watson, Jana McKinnon, Ingrid Burkhard, Susanne Gschwendtner, Dominik Warta, Lena Watson)
Ten-year-old Elli is an android. She loves the man she calls “Daddy” and is the vessel for his memories, which mean nothing to her, but everything to him.
The Woman Who Ran (Country: South Korea; Year: 2020; Director: Hong Sang-soo; Stars: Kim Min-hee, Lee Eun-mi, Song Seon-mi, Seo Young-hwa)
While her husband is on a business trip, a woman meets three friends on the outskirts of Seoul. Their friendly conversation carries many undercurrents.
Yellow Cat (Zheltaya Koshka) (Country: Kazakhstan, France; Year: 2020; Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov)
Ex-con Kermek and his beloved Eva want to leave their crime-infested lives on the Kazakh steppes behind. He has a dream: building a cinema in the mountains. Will Kermek’s love of Alain Delon be strong enough to keep them out of the violent clutches of the mafia?
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