San Sebastian Film Festival 2023

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Through The Night Through The Night
Through The Night and Remembering Every Night
Absence (Xue yun) (Country: China; Year: 2023; Director: Wu Lang; Stars: Lee Kang-Sheng, Li Meng, Ren Ke, Liang Wanling)
After ten years in prison, Han Jiangyu returns to Hainan Island. Housing construction is booming, his childhood friend is now rich. Searching for traces of the familiar, Jiangyu meets his old love who now has a daughter.
Camping Du Lac (Country: Belgium; Year: 2023; Director: Éléonore Saintagnan; Writer: Éléonore Saintagnan; Stars: Éléonore Saintagnan, Rosemary Standley, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Wayne Standley, Anna Turluche)
Éléonore drives West. Her car breaks down in the middle of Brittany, France. She rents a bungalow on a campsite with a view of the lake, in which, it is said, lives a legendary beast. From mobile home to mobile home, she observes the present, summons the past and lets herself be invaded by fiction.
Contadores (Country: Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Irati Gorostidi; Writer: Irati Gorostidi)
During the 1978 negotiations for a new bargaining agreement in the metalworking sector, a group of militant libertarians defend their radical stance before their factory workmates while looking on crestfallen as the workers’ movement falls to pieces.
The Delinquents (Los Delincuentes) (Country: Argentina, Brazil, Luxembourg, Chile; Year: 2023; Director: Rodrigo Moreno; Writer: Rodrigo Moreno; Stars: Margarita Molfino, Esteban Bigliardi, Cecilia Rainero)
Two bank staff rob their own establishment.
Even Though It's Night (Aunque Es De noche) (Country: Spain, France; Year: 2023; Director: Guillermo García López; Writer: Guillermo García López, Inbar Horesh; Stars: Antonio Fernandez Gabarre, Nasser Rokni)
In La Cañada, Europe's biggest unregulated settlement, there has been no electricity for over a year. In the firelight, Toni, a 13-year-old boy, discovers that his best friend Nasser is leaving forever. Toni captures the last moments with his friend and looks for a way to stay connected to him.
Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell
Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell and Mamántula
Grace (Blazh) (Country: Russia; Year: 2023; Director: Ilya Povolotsky; Writer: Ilya Povolotsky; Stars: Maria Lukyanova, Gela Chitava, Daro Akimidze, Koba Akimidze, Aleksandr Cherednik, Christina Chernyavskaya, Anna Grigoryeva, Ivan Ivashov, Dmitry Khalileyev, Issa Khasatsov, Stasya Khomeriki-Grankovskaya, Dmitry Khromyh, Islam Kurukov, Kseniya Kutepova, Albert Misirov)
An old camper van passes through an obscure Russian province, carrying a teen girl, her father and a rusty film projector. She's used to his melancholy and random women. He puts up with her whims. But everything changes on the way up North.
Here (Country: Belgium; Year: 2023; Director: Bas Devos; Stars: Stefan Gota, Liyo Gong)
Stefan, a Romanian construction worker living in Brussels, is about to move back home. He cooks up a big pot of soup as a goodbye gift for friends and family. Just then, he meets a Belgian-Chinese doctoral student who specialises in mosses.
The Human Surge 3 (El auge del humano 3) (Country: Argentina, Portugal, Netherlands, Taiwan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Peru; Year: 2023; Director: Eduardo Williams; Writer: Eduardo Williams)
Different groups of friends wander in a dark, rainy and windy world. They spend time together, trying to get away from their depressing jobs, meandering constantly towards the mystery of new possibilities.
Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell (Country: Vietnam; Year: 2023; Director: Thien An Pham; Writer: Thien An Pham; Stars: Nguyen Thi Truc Quynh, Le Phong Vu, Nguyen Thinh, Vu Ngoc Manh)
A man has to return his sister-in-law's body to her hometown after an accident while, along with his nephew, he searches for his long-lost brother.
The Island (L'île) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Damien Manivel)
Rosa and her friends have decided to spend the night on "the island", a stretch of beach that has become their realm. It's the last night of the summer, they're turning 18, experiencing everything, and saying their goodbyes.
Contadores Contadores
Contadores and Nights Gone By
Mamántula (Country: Germany, Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Ion De Sosa; Stars: Lorena Iglesias Lista , Moisés Richart, Marta Bassols)
Mamántula is the boy everyone wants, but also a giant spider cross-dressed as a human, fruit of a brief encounter in Berlin’s Tiergarten, in an alternative past of brutalist saunas, never-ending subway corridors and detectives in trench coats and hats.
Mixtape La Pampa (Country: Argentina, Chile; Year: 2023; Director: Andres Di Tella)
The cinematographic diary of an extended trip across the Pampas, on the trail of Guillermo Enrique Hudson, aka William Henry Hudson, an enigmatic Argentine gaucho who became and English writer.
Nights Gone By (Antier Noche) (Country: Switzerland, Spain; Year: 2023; Director: Alberto Martín Menacho; Writer: Alberto Martín Menacho)
Juan Francisco is twelve years old and lives in a village in southern Spain, surrounded by ancient oak trees and solar panels. Through hunting with greyhounds, he discovers the close relationship between humans and animals. Santi and Antonio are part of a youthful modernity that coexists with the oldest of traditions. Pepa is a young mother who works as a seasonal worker. The choral portrait of this youth reveals a land of hares and donkeys, love stories, fires and rave parties.
Orlando, My Political Biography (Orlando, ma biographie politique) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Paul B Preciado)
Docufiction interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.
Oyu (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Atsushi Hirai; Writer: Martin Bertier, Atsushi Hirai; Stars: Hisako Mizuki, Satchiko Okuno, Kôta Tsunezawa, Okihiko Yoshizawa)
It is the last day of the year and night falls on the small town of Toyama, Japan. A man who has come to the public baths to retrieve a forgotten object. But once inside, the promise of a hot bath compels him to stay.
Remembering Every Night (Subete no yoru wo omoidasu) (Country: Japan; Year: 2022; Director: Yui Kiyohara; Writer: Yui Kiyohara; Stars: Kumi Hyôdô, Manami Ohba, Ai Mikami, Tadashi Okuno, Guama Uchida, Shintaro Yuya, Mizuho Nojima)
Drama involving the quiet pursuits of several women over a single afternoon.
Short Story (Duan Pian Gu Shi) (Country: China; Year: 2023; Director: Wu Lang; Stars: Jue Huang, Meng Li)
A middle-aged man dreams of his wife who he hasn't met for a long time, saying goodbye to him. He tries to save the relationship when he wakes up.
Silan (Country: India; Year: 2023; Director: Ashmita Guha Neogi)
In a remote coastal village in western India, two estranged siblings, Rachana and Prakash, reunite for their mother's funeral rites. As they spend the next couple of days together, the man and the woman come closer but with great caution; while one tries to forget, the other tries to preserve the memory of their love.
Single Light (Or panas yachid) (Country: Israel; Year: 2023; Director: Shaylee Atary)
Lali is sexually assaulted on a dark road in a Tel Aviv parking lot. Awake, yet unable to move an eye, she stares at a single streetlight. The next morning, Lali wakes up to a reality which she refuses to accept.
Socialist Realism (Country: Chile; Year: 2023; Director: Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento; Writer: Cesare Pavese, Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento; Stars: Nemesio Antúnez, Marcial Edwards, Colectivo Obrero Elmo Catalán, Javier Maldonado, Rodrigo Maturana, Juan Carlos Moraga, Darío Pulgar, Jaime Reyes, Waldo Rojas, Jaime Vadell, Alfonso Varela, Trabajadores Industriales Vicuña Mackenna)
A satirical reading of the process of the «Unidad Popular» of President Salvador Allende, prior to the military civic coup of 1973 in Chile.
Through The Night (Quiter La Nuit) (Country: France; Year: 2023; Director: Delphine Girard; Writer: Delphine Girard; Stars: Selma Alaoui, Guillaume Duhesme, Veerle Baetens, Anne Dorval, Adèle Wismes)
The lives of three people are explored after a rape.
Trailer of the Film That Will Never Exist: 'Phony Wars' (Country: France, Switzerland; Year: 2023; Director: Jean-Luc Godard; Writer: Jean-Luc Godard; Stars: Jean-Paul Battaggia)
Rejecting the billions of alphabetic diktats to liberate the incessant metamorphoses and metaphors of a necessary and true language by returning to the locations of past film shoots, while keeping track of modern times.
Opening night
The Trial (El Juicio) (Country: Argentina, Italy, France, Norway; Year: 2023; Director: Ulises de la Orden; Stars: Luis Moreno Ocampo, Jorge Rafael Videla, Carlos León Arslanián)
1985, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The trial of the Military Juntas of the last dictatorship (1976/83), accused of crimes against humanity. As in Nuremberg after World War II, the trial is entirely recorded in U-matic tapes. For 90 days, the testimonies of the horror were heard and a final sentence: "Never Again". The defenders and the political and ideological positions of those who supported the dictatorship. In the voice of the victims, the stories of torture and pain. Life and death in the same room. An archive of the past and a film that raises a starting point.

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