Iglesia pic marks first Spanish film to open Intl. Event

MADRID — Alex de la Iglesia’s “La Comunidad” (Commonwealth) will inaugurate this year’s 48th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 21-30.

Fest’s official selection will also include two other Spanish pics: Imanol Uribe’s “Plenilunio,” which plays out of competition, and Salvador Garcia Ruiz’s “El otro barrio” (The Other Side).

“La Comunidad” marks the first time that a Spanish film has opened San Sebastian since 1992. The drama, about how civil spirit evaporates as a group of neighbors compete for a hoard of treasure found in a local housing block, stars Carmen Maura.

Garcia Ruiz’s second pic after acclaimed debut “Mensaka,” “El otro barrio” recounts the painful return of a 15-year-old to his working-class neighborhood in Madrid, who’s wrongly accused of murder.

Uribe’s “Plenilunio” is a psychological thriller dealing with the police investigation of a child murder. Uribe won the San Sebastian’s top award, the Golden Shell, with two previous films: “Running Out of Time” in 1994 and “Bwana” in 1996.

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