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San Sebastian Film Festival Announces 2015 Competition Titles

San Sebastian Film Festival Announces 2015 Competition Titles

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The San Sebastian Film Festival is now entering its 63rd year of showcasing some of the most interesting filmmakers in the Spanish-speaking world. Exciting new voices from both Spain and Latin America will be heard through the Basque Country-based festival and contribute even more to the rich and prolific history of Spanish cinema. 

The Official Selection category finds big-name Spanish filmmakers like Asier Altuna, Cesc Gay, Marc Recha, Federico Vierog and Augusti Villaronga competing for the Golden Shell prize with their respective films. The category will also include Argentinian director Pablo Aguero and his film, “Eva No Duerme.” The titles in competition for the Golden Shell are as follows, with synopses courtesy of the San Sebastian Film Festival:

“Amama: When A Tree Falls” (Spain)
Dir: Asier Altuna 

A family tale of conflict between the urban and rural worlds, past and present, parents and children. Two different ways of understanding life, and a grandmother who observes the world from deeply eloquent silence. Starring Iraia Elias, Amparo Badiola, Ander Lipus, Manu Uranga, Kandido Uranga and Klara Badiola.

“The Apostate” (Spain, Uruguay, France)
Dir: Federico Veiroj 

The third feature film by Federico Veiroj tells the tale of a young boy desperate to escape the faith passed down from his parents as he looks back over his past, his scars, the marks left by guilt and desire. Starring Álvaro Ogalla, Bárbara Lennie, Marta Larralde, Joaquín Climent and Vicky Peña.

“Un Dia Perfecte Per Volar” (Spain)
Dir: Marc Recha 

Marc Recha presents his latest film, starring his son Roc and Sergi López. In a lonely spot, a boy flies a kite made by his father. It’s windy and the boy needs an adult to help him untangle it from the vegetation and keep it flying. In the middle of nature, they tell a special tale.

“Eva No Duerme” (Spain, Uruguay, France)
Dir: Pablo Aguero
Evita Perón just died. She is the most beloved, but also hated political figure of Argentina. An expert is in charge of her embalming. After years of hard work, he achieves a remarkable work. Meanwhile in Argentina coups follow each other and some dictators want to remove Evita’s legacy from the people’s memory. Her body would become the stake of clashes during 25 years. 25 years during which Evita has been the most powerful figure than any other living politician.

“The King of Havana” (Spain, Uruguay, France)
Dir: Augusti Villaronga

Agustí Villaronga adapts the novel of the same name by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo takes to the streets of Havana in the harsh 90s of the Cuban “special period”. A scoundrel with few scruples faced with getting by every day. Starring Maykol David, Yordanka Ariosa and Hector Medina.

“Truman” (Spain, Uruguay, France) 
Dir: Cesc Gay 
Gay’s new film, starring Ricardo Darin and Javier Cámara, revolves around the relationship between two friends: Julian receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. For four intense days, the two men, accompanied by Julian’s faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián’s complicated situation. 

The New Directors category will showcase two co-productions with Spain: “Paula,” directed by Argentinian director Eugenio Canevari, and “Pikadero,” by Scottish filmmaker Ben Sharrock. 

The Zabaltegi section showcases other outstanding titles that are national productions from Spanish directors. The titles included in the section are as follows: 

“One Day I Saw 10,000 Elephants” (Spain, Uruguay, France)
Dir: Alex Guimera 

“Isla Bonita” (Spain)
Dir: Fernando Colomo 

“Mi Querida España” (Spain)
Dir: Mercedes Moncada 

“The Bride” (Spain, Turkey, Germany)
Dir: Paula Ortiz 

“The Propaganda Game” (Spain)
Dir: Alvaro Longoria 

“Duellum” (Spain)
Dir: Tucker Davila Wood 

The Horizontes Latinos section will include two Spanish co-productions: Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman’s documentary “The Pearl Button” and Salvador Del Solar’s film “Magallane.”

Last but not least, the festival will feature several screenings from Spanish directors. Alex de la Iglesia will present his latest film, “Mi Gran Noche,” out of competition, while special screenings will showcase premieres of Imanol Uribe’s film “Far From The Sea” and Pere Joan Ventura’s documentary “No Estamos Solos.” Dani de la Torre’s film “El Desconocido” will also receive a special screening in the Anoeta Velodrome on the big screen. 

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