MADRID — Ten standout pics from Berlin, Cannes, Locarno and Venice — including Michael Winterbottom’s Berlin Golden Bear-winning immigrant drama “In This World” — will compete for the audience award at next month’s San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival.
The TCM-Pearl of the Audience prize comes with E30,000 ($34,500) for the Spanish distribber of the winning film.
Other Berlin faves screening in the best of the fests section, called Festivals Top, in the Open Zone sidebar include Claude Chabrol’s latest put-down of French bourgeois hypocrisy “The Flower of Evil,” Patrice Chereau’s terminal illness tale “His Brother” and Zhang Yimou’s martial arts fantasia “Hero.”
Two Cannes competish screeners — Hector Babenco’s prison doctor drama “Carandiru” and Francois Ozon’s murder mystery “Swimming Pool” — also make the cut, as does Kim Ki-duk’s “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring,” which won praise, though no prize, at this month’s Locarno Fest.
The Festivals Top selection is rounded out by three of the higher profile pics at Venice, which begins next week: James Ivory’s “Le Divorce,” with Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson toplining as two American sisters in modern-day Paris; Bernardo Bertolucci’s May 1968-inspired “The Dreamers” and Robert Benton’s Philip Roth adaptation, “The Human Stain,” with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman.
The 51st San Sebastian’s fest’s main competition and New Directors lineup will be announced later this month. Fest runs Sept. 18-27.