San Sebastian Official Selection takes shape

Spanish titles bolster line-up

by Amber Wilkinson

Akelarre
Akelarre Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival

The Official Selection at San Sebastian Film Festival has been expanded by the announcement of several Spanish titles, including Pablo Agüero’s Akelarre and Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Courtroom 3H.

Akelarre is a period film which sees women accused of witchcraft and marks the second time Agüero has competed for the Golden Shell after Eva Doesn't Sleep in 2015. Esparza, who won the Fipresci prize at the festival with his previous drama Life And Nothing More returns with a documentary observing a Floridian court that deals with family cases.

Two series also join the line-up - Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s six-part Riot Police, playing out of competition, and Aitor Gabilondo’s eight-episode Patria, which will be a special screening.

The festival has previously announced that the Official Selection will open with Woody Allen's Rifkin's Festival, which will also play out of competition.

In addition to the Spanish New Directors titles announced yesterday, documentary The Mole Agent, directed by Maite Alberdi, will screen in Pearls and Juan Cavestany’s An Optical Illusion will screen in Zabaltegi-Tabakalera.

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