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More Titles Added to Official Selection in Competition and New Directors at San Sebastian

More Titles Added to Official Selection in Competition and New Directors at San Sebastian

The San Sebastian Festival is almost here and three new competing titles have recently joined those previously announced for the Official Selection. Chinese director Liu Hao returns to San Sebastian with “Back to the North,” five years after competing in the Official
Selection with “Addicted to Love;” the Belgian moviemaker Joachim Lafosse will present his new film, The White Knights;” and Peter Sollett will bring to the Festival the film “Freeheld,”
starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Steve Carrell.

For its part, the New Directors section closes with inclusion of the Swedish production, directed by Peter Grönlund,Thieves Honor.”

Official Selection

“The White Knight” 
Joachim Lafosse (Belgium – France)

Joachim Lafosse brings to the screen the Zoe’s Ark controversy which made headlines in 2007: a
story about the limits of the right of interference. Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO,
is planning a high impact operation: he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphans
victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a
journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this
operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start
losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.


Peter Sollett (U.S.A)

Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carrell and Josh Charles star in this film
based on true events. The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight
for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants
to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials,
Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and
activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defence, rallying police officers and
ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

“Back to the North”
Liu Hao (China)

Xiao Ai is diagnosed with a terminal illness and does not have long to live. She is concerned
that her parents will become a “lost family” and have no one to take care of them after her
death, so she decides to persuade them to have another child… The latest film by Liu Hao, who
competed at San Sebastian in 2010 with “Addicted to Love.”

New Directors

“Thieves Honor” 
Peter Grönlund (Sweden)

An intense social drama about a woman’s struggle for survival on the margins of society. When
street pusher Minna can’t pay her rent she cheats a few young criminals on a drug deal and
takes the money. She happens to meet Katja, the mother of a child who has been taken from her
by the social authorities.

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