San Sebastian honors Jacques Demy

Film fest spotlights retrospectives

French helmer Jacques Demy will receive a retrospective at 59th San Sebastian Film Festival, which runs Sept. 16-24.

American film noir of the last two decades and Chinese digital movies are also the subjects of showcases, the fest announced Friday.

Initially linked to the Nouvelle Vague, Demy energized and transformed film musicals. The homage includes classics such as “Lola” (1961), “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (1964) and “Les demoiselles de Rochefort” (1967).

The evolution of the film noir genre over the last 20 years will be illustrated by 40 pics including Ethan and Joel Coen’s “Fargo” and “Miller’s Crossing,” David Fincher’s “Seven” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.” Other, lesser-known titles are Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Hard Eight,” John Dahl’s “Red Rock West” and James Gray’s “Little Odessa.”

Features in the 18-film Digital Shadows include Zhu Wen’s “Seafood,” Andrew Cheng’s “Destination Shanghai,” Zhao Ye’s “Jalainur” and Emily Tang’s “Perfect Life.”

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