The final lineup of the San Sebastian Film Festival marks at least one departure for Spain’s premier festival, which rolls on Sept. 14.
Traditionally the preserve of young or unknown directors, its competition this year will include higher-profile helmers. Agnieszka Holland’s “Total Eclipse” joins competition pics by familiar names such as Mike Figgis (“Leaving Las Vegas”) and Carl Franklin (“Devil in a Blue Dress”).
But the San Sebastian competition, in addition to the large Zabaltegi sidebar and retrospectives, also reflects the sense of balance of Diego Galan, who replaced Manolo Perez Estremera as festival head this year.
Glitz will come from Anthony Quinn’s presence for opener “A Walk in the Clouds,” fest closer “Le Hussard sur le Toit,” by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and “The Bridges of Madison County” and “The Net,” both out of competition.
Christopher Hampton and Michael Nyman will attend the screening of “Carrington,” which plays in the Zabaltegi section.
Local Pedro Almodovar weighs in with “The Flower of My Secret” (La Flor de mi Secreto) on Sept 18.
New pics slated for competition include Norway’s “Zero Kelvin” (Kjaerlighetens khoteere) by Hans Petter Moland, David Hayman’s “The Near Room” from the U.K. and India’s “Hkhagoroloi Bohu Door” by Jahnu Barua.
Local competitors are “Nadie Hablara de Nosotros Cuando Hayamos Muertos” by first-timer Agustin Diaz-Yanes and “El Palomo Cojo” by veteran Jaime de Arminan, starring Carmen Maura. Asian cinema is repped by a tribute to Hou Hsiao-Hsien and “On the Beat” (Minjing Gushi) by China’s Ning Ying. Also unspooling in competition is “Safar” by Iran’s Alireza Raisian.
The competition jury is made up of Tunisian producer Ahmed Attia, Belgian director Dominique Deruddere, U.S. novelist Barry Gifford, Argentinian director Hector Olivera and the Berlin Festival’s European market head, Beki Probst.