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Young Spanish helmers highlight San Sebastian competition

MADRID — Three news pics from acclaimed young Spanish helmers will compete in the Official Section of the San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival: Iciar Bollain’s “Te doy mis ojos,” Cesc Gay’s “En la ciudad” (In the City) and Achero Manas’ “November.”

The biggest festival in the Spanish-speaking world, and its premier showcase for Spanish-lingo arthouse pics, the 51st edition runs Sept. 18-27.

An unsettling tale of domestic abuse which begins with a woman leaving her husband after nine years of marriage, “Eyes” is actress-director Bollain’s third pic after the femme friendship “Hola, estas sola” in 1995 and “Flores de otro mundo” (Flowers From Another World), which scooped the Cannes Critics Week best pic award in 1999.

Gay broke through to fame with his first solo directorial effort, “Krampack,” a wry, gay rights-of-passage pic which saw niche distrib success in the U.S. “City” portrays a group of thirtysomething friends who hide secrets from each other.

A tale a travelling theater troupe, “November” is Manas’ followup to best pic Goya winner and Spanish sleeper “El Bola” (Pellet).

Producer-director Gerardo Herrero “El misterio Galindez” rounds off the Spanish pics in the Official Section. Playing out of competition, pic toplines Saffron Burrows as a North American student who investigates the murder of a Basque politician Jesus Galindez in 1956, after he had fled from Spain to the U.S.

Fest’s Zabaltegi sidebar includes two Spanish pics: the violent love triangle story “Tanger” from novelist-turned-director Juan Madrid, and crime mystery “El final de la noche,” the directorial deb of thesp Patxi Barco.

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