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San Sebastian fim fest has Mann for its plan

Event also confirms major, nontraditional sections for this year

MADRID — The 52nd San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival will honor helmer Anthony Mann with a major retrospective of his films.

A second retro, Incorrect, will feature works from the film world’s most notorious bad boys, including titles by Michael Moore, John Waters, Todd Solondz, Austria’s Ulrich Seidl and Spain’s Luis Bunuel and Pedro Almodovar.

While Mann is best known for his Westerns — “Winchester ’73,” “The Tin Star” — the San Sebastian festival org said, “He was outstanding in all classic genres — thrillers, musical comedies, war films and historical films. Yet his masterpieces are ignored by the general public. The retrospective will allow audiences to discover a complex, personal director.”

Fest also has confirmed its major and nontraditional sections for this year: an official Competition; a major Zabaltegi sidebar split between a Festival Top subsection profiling the cream of films from other festivals and a New Directors focus; a Horizontes Latinos panorama screening Latin American pics yet to be released in Spain; a Made in Spain look at recent Spanish productions; and a Films in Progress showcase for unfinished Latin American productions seeking completion financing.

The producer and director of the best first or second pic in any festival section will receive the Altadis-New Directors cash prize, worth S90,000 ($108,000) this year.

Turner Classic Movies offers a $36,000 TCM Audience Award to the fave film in the Festival Top section of Zabaltegi.

Event will run Sept. 17-25.

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