'Film and Gastronomy,' 'Midnight Showings' join lineup

In some of the first innovations under new director Jose Luis Rebordinos, Spain’s San Sebastian Festival has added two sidebars, Film and Gastronomy and Midnight Showings.

Film and Gastronomy will world preem Felipe Ugarte and Juantxo Sardon’s documentary “Mugaritz BSO” and combine world music with dishes created by chef Andoni Luis Aduriz at San Sebastian restaurant Mugaritz.

Jointly organized by the Basque Culinary Center, and in line with the Berlinale’s successful Culinary Cinema sidebar, section will combine film screenings with themed dinners reflecting the movies programmed.

Gastronomy is a near religion in the Basque country, where the San Sebastian unspools.

Reflecting Rebordinos’ recent past as director of the San Sebastian Horror Week, Midnight Showings will consisting of three midnight double bills.

Opening session will feature the docu “Pinku Eiga: Inside the Pleasure Dome of Japanese Erotic Cinema,” helmed by France’s Yves Montmayeur, followed by two titles from the cult 1970s-80s theatrical feature phenom, driven by Japanese studio Nikkatsu.

The 59th edition of the fest, which runs Sept. 16-24, has already confirmed retrospectives devoted to French helmer Jacques Demy and American film noir of the last two decades in American Way of Death. Chinese digital pics get the spotlight in Digital Shadows.

Fest runs Sept. 16-24.

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