The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival will honor filmmakers Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) and Ernest B. Schoedsack (1893-1979) with a retrospective cycle dedicated to their films.
The duo earned icon status as the directors of “King Kong” (1933), though their careers started earlier with documentaries such as “Grass: A Nation’s Battle for Life” (1925) and “Chang” (1927), and fantasy adventure films like “The Four Feathers” (1929). After the success of “Kong,” they would continue to explore special effects in epics like “Dr. Cyclops” (1940) and “Mighty Joe Young” (1949). The retrospective will be accompanied by the publication of a book dedicated to the two filmmakers, coordinated by Quim Casas.
In addition the directors’ retrospective, the festival has also announced the six films that will play in the Films in Progress 28 program, which takes place September 21-23. The final titles include:
“Aquí no ha pasado nada (Much Ado About Nothing)” by Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile)
“Era o Hotel Cambridge (The Cambridge Squatter)” by Eliane Caffé (Brazil – France)
“La emboscada (The Ambush)” by Daniel Hendler (Uruguay – Argentina)
“La Princesita (The Princess)” by Marialy Rivas (Chile – Argentina – Spain)
“Rara” by Pepa San Martín (Chile – Argentina)
“Sobrevivientes” by Rober Calzadilla (Venezuela – Colombia)
The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will run from September 18-26.