San Sebastian Zabaltegi Section, Doc Congress and
A Report from Edinburgh
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez and Laura MacDonald
>> Salles Film Set to Open San Sebastian Section
Walter Salles "Central Station," which won the Golden Bear at the 1998
Berlin Film Festival wil open the Zabaltegi section of the 1998 San
Sebastian Film Festival on September 17th, while Bob Rafelson's
"Poodle Springs" closes the section. Among the other films in competition
for the Audience Award and its prize of 5 million pesetas are: Theo
Angelopoulos' "An Eternity and A Day," Victor Gavrini's "The Little Girl
Who Sold Roses," Erick Zonka's "The Dream Life of Angels," Todd
Solondz' "Happiness," Arturo Ripstein's "Divine," Florian Flicker's "Suzie
Washington," David Caffrey's "Divorcing Jack," Eoin Moore's "Plus-Minus
Null," Paul McGuigan's "The Acid House," Farhad Mehranfar's "The Tree of
Life," Chen Jiwen's "Jam," David Riker's "The City," Yoichiro Takahashi's
"Fishes in August," Simon Staho's "Wildside," Claude Mourieras' "Dis-moi
que je reve," Florent Siri's "Une minute de silence," and Dan Ireland's "The
Velocity of Gary."
The two section documentaries are Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' "Lou Reed,
Rock and Roll Heart," and Michael Glawogger's "Megacities." Four Spanish
films will compete for the New Director's Award, they are: Cesc Gay and
Daniel Gimelberg's "Hotel Room," Pilar Tavoras "Yerma," Maria Ripoll's
"The Man With the Rain in His Shoes," and Ramon Barea's "Pecata Minuta."
>> AMPAS and IDA Unveil Plans for IDC3
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the
International Documentary Association (IDA) have announced the program
for the the Third International Documentary Congress (IDC3), set to take
place in Los Angeles October 28 - 30, 1998. Among the events on tap are
seminars, workshops, and panel discussions about a wide range of issue
facing documentary filmmakers. Smaller "Focus On..." include discussions
about reality-TV, China, historical/biographical documentaries, Eastern
Europe, Africa, Pacific Rim, amd Latin/South America. While, panel
topics include: "Getting Started in a Documentary Career in the U.S.,
"Freedom of Expression/Responsibility of the Maker," and "Making Money
Saving Movies." Two screening programs include: "Docs Rock," and "Docs
That Shook the World." The IDA awards gala will be held on Friday,
October 30 in Marina Del Rey, while winning films will be screened the
[For more information, call 310/247-3000, x176, or email
>> On the Scene the Edinburgh Film Festival
The 52nd Edinburgh Film Festival is in its second week, following the "Pi"
acquisiton news, the film looks set to take off on this side of the world.
After a day of lovely Scottish summer weather, in other words, pouring
rain, people lined up for hours hoping for a last minute ticket into the
warmth of the luxurious Cameo theater Sunday night. Sadly, most were
turned away from the sell out show.
While some people feel that industry presence is lacking here, I have been
assured that many distributors have been darting in and out. Above all,
filmmakers are enjoying passionate audiences and a relaxed atmosphere.
On the US front, Hal Hartley's mesmerising film "The Book of Life", which
was commissioned by French television for their millenium series, is
searching for a UK sale alongside festival regulars like "Blood, Guts, Bullets
and Octane," by Joe Carnahan, Chris Eyre's "Smoke Signals," Johns Sayles'
"Men With Guns" and a slew of documentaries. On the British homefront,
Peter Mullan's wonderfully anarchic "Orphans" and Guy Ritchie's mad
gangster flick "Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels" are vying for positon,
with Simon Shore's tender teen film "Get Real," Genevieve Jolliffe's
gritty "Urban Ghost Story" and Rose Troche's "Bedrooms and Hallways,"
which has stirred up censors in both the UK and States, big time. A
delectable array of foreign films are also hoping for British distribution,
but despite many sniffs, mum's the industry word for now. [Laura MacDonald]