San Sebastian gets world preem

Film fest picks three for Official Selection

MADRID — Betting on up-and-coming auteurs, the San Sebastian Film Festival has unveiled three Spanish films for its main Official Section competition: Antonio Chavarrias’ “Las vidas de Celia,” Victor Garcia Leon’s “Vete de mi” and Javier Rebollo’s “Lo que se de Lola.”

Brain illness docu “Mas alla del espejo” will play out-of-competition as a tribute to its director, Joaquin Jorda, who died in June.

All four will world preem at the Basque fest: None will have bowed a few days earlier at Toronto, as has happened with some past Spanish competish players.

Running Sept. 21-30, the 54th San Sebastian fest will showcase four Spanish world preems in the Altadis-New Directors half of its main Zabaltegi sidebar, led by the English-lingo “Deliverance”-style thriller “The Backwoods,” toplining Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon.

Of the competition helmers, only director-producer Chavarrias has an international profile. “Celia” promises a caustically noirish take on the underbelly of Catalan society, kicking off with a young girl’s murder after a open-air dance.

A competition berth for “Vete de mi,” a darkly humorous family comedy, marks recognition for Garcia Leon, who debuted promisingly in 2001 with “Mas pena que Gloria,” co-directed with Jonas Trueba.

Rebollo’s Paris-set romancer charts a voyeur’s years-long unfulfilled desire for an extrovert female neighbor.

The Spanish pics in Zabaltegi’s New Directors section highlight three debs from local Basque helmers: the Koldo Serra-directed “Backwoods”; “La Distancia,” a young boxer drama, from Inaki Dorronsoro; and the Basque-lingo, mountain farmhouse-set “Kutsidazu Bidea, Ixabel,” by Fernando Bernues and Mireia Gabilondo.

Rounding up the Spanish presence in the New Directors’ section is the social issue three-parter “53 dias de invierno,” the sophomore outing of Judith Colell (“Nosotras”).

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