San Sebastian fest lines up Asian pics

Highlights include Torres' 'Woman,' Schnabel's 'Night'

MADRID — The San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival (Sept. 21-30) has chosen to bookend its Festival Tops panorama of recent fest hits with features from Asian helmers.

Festival Tops will open with Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and close with Zhang Yimou’s meller “The Road Home.” Other highlights: Fina Torres’ “Woman on Top” and Julian Schnabel’s second feature, “Before Night Falls.”

Festival Tops showcases two from Mexican helmers: Arturo Ripstein’s “Asi es la vida,” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Amores perros.”

It also features social pics, such as “Purely Better” from Mark Herman (“Little Voice”), “A la verticalite de l’ete,” from helmer Anh Huang, and Karim-Traida’s “Les Diseurs de verite.”

The section has, however, a larger sprinkling of comedy than usual courtesy of Jean-Pierre Sinapi’s Berlin Audience Prize winner, “Nationale 7,” Georgian Nana Djordjadze’s “27 Missing Kisses,” Neil LaBute’s quirky, satirical comedy “Nurse Betty,” and “Le Gout des autres,” a huge B.O. hit in France, which is the feature-film debut of screenwriter Agnes Jaoui.

Rounding up Festival Tops are two thrillers, the noirish “Under Suspicion,” toplining Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman, and Eastern European crime thriller “Lost Killers,” by Dito Tsintsadze, plus Liv Ullmann’s “Trolosa,” from an Ingmar Bergman script.

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