After the enormous success obtained with ‘Las Niñas’, her first film, the filmmaker from Zaragoza Pilar Palomero will present its second title at the next San Sebastian Festival. ‘The Kindergarten’, that is its title, will compete in the official section of the competition which will be held from September 16 to 24. A phenomenal and powerful platform for Palomero’s talent to continue to spread.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosted this Friday the announcement of 18 titles of Spanish production (fifteen feature films, two short films and a television series) to be seen in the official section and in the New Directors, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, Perlak and Velodrome sections of the 70th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival.
‘Kindergarten’ is Pilar Palomero’s second film after winning Goya for Best Picture, Best New Direction and Best Original Screenplay for her debut feature, ‘Las Niñas’. La Aragonese focuses on a 14-year-old girl (Carla Quílez) and her learning process to become a mother. Part of the filming took place in Los Monegros.
Fernando Franco (Seville, 1976) returns to official competition in San Sebastián with his third feature, “The Consecration of Spring”, after receiving the Special Jury Prize and the Silver Shell for actress Marian Álvarez for ” The wound” (2013) and being selected in a special session with ‘Morir’ (2017). “Spring Consecration” recounts the encounter between an 18-year-old girl (Valèria Sorolla) and a young man with cerebral palsy (Telmo Irureta).
‘Suro’ is the feature debut of Mikel Gurrea (San Sebastián, 1985), after his short ‘Heltzear’ premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival and screening at Zabaltegi-Tabakalera. Along with Vicky Luengo and Pol López, who play a couple who move to the countryside, Suro is the first project from Ikusmira Berriak Residences to compete for the Golden Shell.
Jaime Rosales (Barcelona, 1970) also returns to official competition in San Sebastián after ‘Tiro en la cabeza’ (2008) received the Fipresci award and after presenting several of his films in the Made in Spain and Perlak (‘Pétra ‘, 2018). In ‘Wild Sunflowers’ Anna Castillo embodies a mother in search of a better life.
A Spanish production will be the subject of a special screening in the official section: ‘El sostre groc’ (The Yellow Roof), a non-fiction directed by Isabel Coixet (Barcelona, 1962) around the sexual abuse committed in the theater hall of Lleida between 2001 and 2008. San Sebastián was the setting for Coixet’s directorial debut, with “Too old to die young” in 1988.
Out of competition, the Movistar Plus+ series ‘Apagón’ will participate, consisting of five episodes directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Raúl Arévalo, Isa Campo, Alberto Rodríguez and Isaki Lacuesta, which has as its starting point a solar storm which causes a general breakdown of the energy supply.
In addition, Alberto Rodríguez will also present the opening film in San Sebastián, the already announced “Model 77”.