Winterbottom, Makhmalbaf films in lineup
The San Sebastian Film Festival, the most prestigious film event in the Spanish-language world, added seven more titles to its competition lineup Thursday.British helmer Michael Winterbottom returns with Colin Firth starrer “Genova,” about a family that moves to the Italian city to try to start anew after the death of the mother. Winterbottom’s “9 Songs” and “A Cock and Bull Story” played the fest in 2004 and 2005, respectively. He was the subject of a San Sebastian retrospective in 2003. Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf’s “Two-Legged Horse” explores the limits of human relationships. Paris-based sales agent Wild Bunch teamed with Makhmalbaf Film House to produce, taking international sales on “Horse.” Also handled by Wild Bunch, Spanish director Javier Fesser’s third feature, “Camino,” looks at the final moments in the life of a 12-year-old girl and her family’s links with Opus Dei. “Still Waiting,” Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s third pic to play in competition at San Sebastian, is a family drama about adult children visiting their elderly parents. Other Golden Shell contenders are “Pandora’s Box” by vet Turkish femme helmer Yesim Ustaoglu, and Spanish first-timer Belen Macias’ “El patio de mi carcel” (My Prison Yard), about female inmates, produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment Espana and Pedro and Agustin Almodovar’s El Deseo. Last month, the organizers unveiled the first seven films in competition at the 56th fest, which runs Sept. 18-27. They are works by Argentina’s Daniel Burman; France’s Christophe Honore; Kim Ki-duk of South Korea; Palestinian Rashid Masharawi; Spain’s Jaime Rosales; American Courtney Hunt, winner of the Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; and Denmark’s Kristian Levring, one of the creators of the Dogma 95 movement.