‘Walk’ leads San Sebastian

Mexican director Alfonso Arau’s first U.S. feature, “A Walk in the Clouds” starring Keanu Reeves, will open the 43rd San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival Sept. 14.

Running through Sept. 23 in the Basque resort town, the fest’s competition lineup is set to include Mike Figgis’ “Leaving Las Vegas” with Nicolas Cage, Carl Franklin’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” starring Denzel Washington and Jennifer Beals, and Gregory Nava’s “My Family.”

Also competing are “El Palomo Cojo” by Jaime de Arminan with Carmen Maura, “Mujeres Insumisas” by Alberto Isaac and “Elle” by Valeria Sarmiento, a previous prize winner at San Sebastian.

Mort Ransen’s “Margaret’s Museum” (Canada) and “Stalingrad” helmer Joseph Vilsmaier’s “Schlafes Bruder” (Germany) also have been selected for the competition.

Alongside the previously announced world preem of Pedro Almodovar’s new feature, “The Flower of My Secret,” out-of-competition slots have been reserved for Irwin Winkler’s “The Net” and Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s “Le Hussard sur le toit,” which stars Juliette Binoche and Oliver Martinez.

Pics slated for the extensive Zabaltegi sidebar include Wayne Wang’s “Blue in the Face,” Gregg Araki’s “The Doom Generation,” Bryan Singer’s “The Usual Suspects,” Christopher Hampton’s Cannes prize winner “Carrington” and Paul Hills’ “Boston Kickouts.”

Roberto Sneider’s “Two Crimes” from Mexico, Josianne Balasko’s French hit “Gazon Maudit” and Dominique Derudder’s “Suite 16” also will unspool.

The main retrospective this year will take in the entire output of Gregory La Cava, including his live-action and animation work. An additional retro focuses on Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien (“The Puppetmaster”).

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