Avalanche of Spanish cinema at the San Sebastián festival, with the latest films by Jaime Rosales, Pilar Palomero and Fernando Franco in competition | Culture

Spanish cinema usually launches its most powerful titles in the fall, taking advantage of the promotion of the San Sebastián festival, which ends up serving as a showcase for the season. But the next edition of Zinemadlia, which starts on September 16, will receive an avalanche of films.

In the official competition section, there will be Kindergarten, by Pilar Palomero (about maternities for adolescent girls); spring consecration, of Fernando Franco (the relationship between an 18-year-old girl and a young man with cerebral palsy); Suro, by newcomer Mikel Gurrea (on the city dwellers’ return to the field); Yes wild sunflowers, by Jaime Rosales (with Anna Castillo as a mother in search of a better life).

Added to this is the already announced Model 77, by Alberto Rodriguez which will open the Zinemaldia, although out of competition. In addition, it will premiere, also out of competition, the series Blackout. And in special session it will be seen the documentary yellow roof, by Isabelle Coixet, on sexual abuse in the Aula de Teatre de Lleida.

At the Vélodrome, with a screen of 400 square meters and a capacity of more than 3,000 spectators, one of the big surprises will be projected: the documentary I feel it a lot, that Fernando León de Aranoa has been shooting for 13 years on Joaquín Sabina, and to which Leiva puts a soundtrack; Rainbow, by Paco León, produced by Netflix, which revisits The Wizard of Oz; there Black Is Beltza II: Ainhoa, the new animated film by Fermín Muguruza.

In Perlak, a section reserved for award-winning titles at previous festivals and now open to critically acclaimed films, you will be able to see One year, one night by Isaki Lacuesta, on the attack on the Bataclan auditorium; The beasts, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen which was presented at Cannes; there The lost lines of God, by Oriol Paulo, with Bárbara Lennie and Eduard Fernández, will close this section.

In Zabaltegi/Tabakalera, destined for the riskiest cinema, there will be The water, by Elena López Riera, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight, and little pig, by Carlota Pereda which originated at Sundance. In New administrators will be To the books and the women that I sing, by Maria Elorza.

Actress Penélope Cruz will receive her National Cinema Award on the first weekend of the competition, with what will probably be screened at the festival in the margins, by Juan Diego Botto, with Luis Tosar and Cruz. During the presentation, the director of San Sebastián, José Luis Rebordinos, confirmed the impressive harvest of this season: “We have never had so many extraordinary Spanish films. And it’s not just me saying that, but festival programmers all over the world”. And he warned that there will be more cinema announcements to screen in San Sebastián. In the coming weeks, the international titles that will participate in Zinemaldia will be made public.

The Donostia awards had also been announced previously, and in this 70th edition they have fallen on French actress Juliette Binoche and in Canadian director David Cronenberg.

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