The The San Sebastian Film Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary, and it does so in a course where Spanish cinema stands out in all the competitions where it is presented. Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary…they all experienced the big moment in the industry. The Zinemaldia could not be less, and has already announced that its opening will be for a Spanish film. Model 77Alberto Rodríguez’s new title has been chosen to launch an Official Section that this Friday saw the Spanish films that he will share for the Golden Shell.
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Four Spanish films, including a first feature, will compete for the festival’s top prize. Two of them have already been in the official section of San Sebastián, and two more are making their debut. The veterans are Jaime Rosales and Fernando Franco. The former, a regular at Cannes, competed with his radicalism in the face of ETA terrorism in Headshot. now do it with wild sunflowers, a social film starring Anna Castillo and Oriol Pla. The second, touched the Golden Shell with his excellent debut, The injury and I will try again with Spring consecration.
Promising beginnings are sour, by Mikel Gurrea. It is rare for a first feature film to compete in the most important section of the festival, but the Basque director succeeded with this film starring Vicky Luengo. Gurrea just participated last year at the Venice Film Festival with his short film Arriving. The other newcomer to Zinemaldia is Pilar Palomero, who after sweeping the Goyas 2020 with Las Niñas, her first film, arrives with her second film, the maternal, portrait of a teenage motherhood in a precarious situation. Can’t wait to see how one of our cinema’s most promising female directors will pursue her career.
Although these four works will be fighting for the Golden Shell, there will be a lot more Spanish cinema in the rest of the sections. Also in the official, who will live the presentation of Blackout, the new Movistar series based on José Antonio Pérez Ledo’s podcast and which has brought together a stellar cast of directors: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Alberto Rodríguez, Raúl Arévalo, Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo. Out of competition will be Isabel Coixet’s long-awaited documentary about sexual abuse in Lleida’s theater class.
In the second most important and also competitive section, Zabategi-Tabakalera, there will be two Spanish directors with two first films that have already been seen in other festivals. Carlota Pereda will compete with little pig after passing through Sundance, while Elena López Riera will be with The water after visiting the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. Also the short strings, who was in Cannes. In new directors it will be possible to see To Books and to the Women I Sing, by María Elorza.
In Pearls, the section that shows the best presented in other competitions or unreleased films will be The beasts, The film by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and one year one night, by Isaki Lacuesta. Both are competing for the Audience Award. A section that will close The crooked lines of Godby Oriol Paulo.
On the biggest stage in all of San Sebastian, the Velodrome, you will experience the coming out of Rainbow, the new film by Paco León that brought together Telecinco Cinema and Netflix, where you can see this personal version of The Wizard of Oz; Also the second part of black is black, the animated film by Fermín Muguruza; Yes I feel it a lot the documentary on Joaquín Sabina directed by Fernando León de Aranoa. “In the eleven years that I have been at the festival, we have not had such a powerful presence of Spanish cinema”, underlined the director of the festival, José Luis Rebordinos, who also announced that one or two titles remain to be confirmed. .