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San Sabastian unveils Official Selection

Helmers Leon, Patino, Aristarain in competition

MADRID — Some heavy-weight Spanish-lingo auteurs will compete in the Official Selection of the 50th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival, running Sept. 19-28.

Spanish competish pics unveiled Wednesday are Fernando Leon’s “Los lunes al sol” (“Mondays in the Sun”), Basilio Martin Patino’s “Octavia,” Adolfo Aristarain’s “Lugares comunes” and “Aro Tolbukhin,” a directorial three-hander from Agusti Villaronga, Lydia Zimmermann and Isaac P. Racine.

Featuring a reportedly tearaway perf from Javier Bardem, “Lunes” turns on a group of friends looking for work in Spain’s run-down post-industrial north. Helmer Leon won San Sebastian’s best director nod for “Barrio” in 1998.

Patino returns to San Sebastian with intimist drama “Octavia,” 37 years after winning a best first film plaudit in 1965 for “Nueve cartas a Berta.”

Aristarain won San Sebastian’s best film Golden Shell in 1992 for “Un lugar en el mundo.” “Lugares” toplines Federico Luppi in a social drama set in present-day Argentina.

Drama “Aro Tolbukhin” follows the creation of a false documentary about a man accused of burning seven people alive at a Catholic mission in Guatamela in 1981.

Fest’s Zabaltegi sidebar includes two Spanish films: “Carlos contra el mundo” from first-time helmer Chiqui Carabante, and “El traje,” from Alberto Rodriguez, who co-directed “The Pilgrim Factor.”

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