The 57th San Sebastian Festival will be bookended by two North American films: Atom Egoyan’s competition pic “Chloe” on Sept. 18. and Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child” on Sept. 26, playing out of competition.
An infidelity thriller, “Chloe” toplines Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. Pic was produced by Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock through their Montecito Picture Co. and fully financed by France’s StudioCanal.
“Mother” stars Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Samuel L. Jackson in two overlapping stories, turning on a theme that figures large among San Sebastian competition contenders this year: motherhood.
Lineup also features “Get Low,” the Appalachian-set feature debut of Aaron Schneider, who won an Oscar for his live-action short “Two Soldiers.” “Low” stars Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek.
This year’s competition boasts a strong Gallic presence: Bruno Dumont’s study of faith, “Hadewijch”; another maternity drama, Francois Ozon’s ”The Refuge”; and family ensembler “Making Plans for Lena,” from Christophe Honore.
Three films fly the flag for Asia: “I Came From Busan,” from South Korea’s Jeon Soo-il, about an 18-year-old girl who tries to reclaim her baby from adoption; “The White Meadows,” a fantasy-tinged drama from Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof; and, from China, Lu Chuan’s Nanjing massacre chronicle “City of Life and Death.”
Other newly announced titles are Australian Ana Kokkinos’ “Blessed,” about six troubled teens; German Matthias Glasner’s romantic thriller “This Is Love”; and “10 to 11,” the second feature from Turkey’s Pelin Esmer.
The festival has already unveiled five Spanish-language titles: Fernando Trueba’s “The Dancer and the Thief,” his first fiction feature in seven years, which plays out of competition; “El secreto de sus ojos,” from Argentina’s Juan Jose Campanella; pics from Spanish tyros Isaki Lacuesta (“The Damned”) and Javier Rebollo (“La mujer sin piano”); and relationship drama “Yo tambien,” from first-timers Antonio Naharro and Alvaro Pastor.
Opening film: “Chloe,” Atom Egoyan France-Canada
“10 to 11,” Pelin Esmer, Turkey-France-Germany
“Blessed,” Ana Kokkinos, Australia
“City of Life and Death,” Lu Chuan, China
“The Damned,” Isaki Lacuesta, Spain
“Get Low,” Aaron Schneider, U.S.
“Hadewijch,” Bruno Dumont, France
“The White Meadows,” Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran
“Woman Without Piano,” Javier Rebollo, Spain
“Making Plans for Lena,” Christophe Honore, France
“Le Refuge,” Francois Ozon, France
“The Secret in Their Eyes,” Juan Jose Campanella, Argentina-Spain
“This Is Love,” Matthias Glasner, Germany
“I Came From Busan,” Jeon Soo-il, South Korea
“Me, Too,” Alvaro Pastor, Antonio Naharro, Spain
OUT OF COMPETITION
Clsoing film: “Mother and Child,” Rodrigo Garcia, U.S.
“The Dancer and the Thief,” Fernando Treuba, Spain