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‘Promises’ to open San Sebastian

Fest to close with Radford's 'Flawless'

Two London-set thrillers from vet auteurs, David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises” and Michael Radford’s “Flawless,” will bookend the 55th San Sebastian Festival, the biggest film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

Opening the fest Sept. 20 and its main competition, “Eastern Promises” reteams the Canadian auteur with “A History of Violence” star Viggo Mortensen, who plays a Russian mobster. Naomi Watts co-stars.

The BBC-Focus-produced “Eastern Promises” is notching up a high fest presence — it will also screen as a Gala at Toronto in September and opens the London Film Festival in October.

Screening out of competition and closing San Sebastian Sept. 29, “Flawless” toplines Michael Caine, as a janitor, and Demi Moore, limning a disgruntled exec, in a 1960s diamond-heist nail-biter.

Bigscreen natural history documentary “Earth” will screen out of competition, the San Sebastian fest also announced Tuesday.

Five years in the works, it reteams the BBC and Germany’s Greenlight Media, which co-produced hit docu“Deep Blue.” Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, and made at the same time as the BBC’s “Planet Earth” TV series, the film tracks the yearly migration of three animal families. Lionsgate has acquired rights to the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

“Earth” joins the already announced out-of-competition player “The Inner Life of Martin Frost,” which is the latest directorial outing for novelist Paul Auster, jury president at San Sebastian.

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