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San Seb picks Sayles, Hamer

Mullan, Ruiz, Kawase also in competish

Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival has added seven films by high-profile helmers to its competition list.

After a screenplay plaudit and upbeat reception for 2007’s “Honeydripper,” John Sayles returns to the Basque resort with “Amigo,” set during the Philippine-American War.

Naomi Kawase’s “Genpin” is set at the natural birth clinic of Japan’s Tadashi Yoshimura.

Peter Mullan’s third feature, “Neds,” takes a hard-boiled look at juvenile delinquency in Glasgow in 1973. Golem has already taken Spanish rights.

Lightening the fest’s tone, Bent Hamer’s “Home for Christmas” delivers a romantic dramedy set in a small Norwegian city, exploring love in multiple incarnations.

Victoria Galardi’s “Mount Bayo” is a feel-good, dysfunctional family dramedy set at a Patagonia ski resort. Pic sparked good buzz when screened unfinished at this month’s Paris Project.

Competish contenders are rounded up by Raul Ruiz’s “Mysteries of Lisbon,” an ensemble orphan tale, and Aoulad-Syad’s “Jamaa.”

Four Spanish competition pics were unveiled last week: Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena’s “Elisa K,” Agusti Villaronga’s “Black Bread,” Jose Maria de Orbe’s “Aita” and Oscar Aibar’s “The Great Vazquez.”

The fest, which runs Sept. 17-25, still has to confirm fest opener, closer and a small-ish clutch of further competition titles.

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