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San Sebastian Reveals Zabaltegi Lineup

BARCELONA — Ulrich Seidl’s “In the Basement,” Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Challat of Tunis,” and Andrew Huculiak’s “Violent” will screen at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival’s Zabaltegi sidebar, section, which this year highlights a swathe of documentaries or non-fiction features –nine out of a nineteen total titles.

Fest has also announced that “Tigers,” a true facts-inspired drama helmed by the Academy Award winning Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will round up its main competition lineup.

Exploring Pakistan’s fascination with Western pharmaceutical drugs, “Tigers” turns on a man who is shocked to discover the terrible effects of a baby formula he’s selling. “Tiger” is an India-France-U.K. co-production which will world premiere at Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema showcase. The Match Factory handles sales.

Austrian weirdmeister, director of a landmark “Paradise” trilogy, Ulrich Seidl’s “Basements” depicts the singular relationships Austrians have with their lowest rooms.

Jour2Fete-sold “Tunis” is an acid mockumentary about the helmer’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike. Ben Hani’s pic competed at Dubai fest and at the San Sebastian Fest’s Cinema in Motion in 2012.

Helmed by George Ovashvili, Karlovy Vary Grand Prix winner “Corn Island” is a  psychological dramawhich focuses on an aged peasant, his obedient granddaughter and their relationship with nature. Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan partnersco-produce, an indication of Ovashvili’s cache.

Prolific Academy Award winning documaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) will in “Finding Fela” analyse the importance of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Nigerian musician and human rights activist.

Production designer and art director Pierre-Francois Limbosch makes his feature debut will debut with the documentary “The John Malkovich Paradox,”  a rumination about the U.S.’ thesp, starting with Malkovich’s work with young actors while directing “Dangerous Liaisons” at the Theatre de l’Atelier in Paris.

U.S.-Russia-produced “Red Army,” is a Gabe Polsky documentary about the Soviet ice hockey during the Cold War, and its hyping by Soviet authorities.  In a sign of the film’s industrial pedigree, Wild Bunch sells; Sony Pictures Classics has already bought “Red Army.”

Mami Sunada’s “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” turns on the renowned animation studio Ghibli, following the key Ghibli creative’s – helmer Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, among others – during a year while the studio complete two eagerly-anticipated films – “The Wind Rises” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.”

Closer to fiction, Zabaltegi will include Signe Baumane’s tooner “Rock in my Pockets,” a surreal tale with autobiographical overtones. It nabbed a Fipresci prize at Karlovy Vary Fest.

Also repping fiction in Zabaltegi: the Moscow Festival winner for best film and actor, “My Man,” helmed by Kayuyoshi Kumakiri (“Hole in the Sky”), about the “Lolita”-ish relationship between a teenager who’s lost everything in a tsunami disaster and a 26-year-old distant relative; and  “Violent” from Canadian first-timer Andrew Huculiak, which was presented at Karlovy’s Independent Camera showcase. It turns on a young woman recalling the memories of the five people who loved her the most, set against the dazzling Norwegian landscape.

San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi section comprises nineteen works; four of them –Spanish– were already announced in July: Virginia Garcia del Pino’s “Basilio Martin Patino: The Tenth Letter,” Pedro Gonzalez Bermudez’s “When Bette Davis Bid Farewell,” Borja Cobeaga’s “Negotiator,” and Franciso Sanchez Varela’s “Paco de Lucia: la busqueda.”

Showcase will also screen the NDM–sold Bruno Dumont four-part mini-series “Li’l Quinquin,” the first foray into comedy of his director. Finally, Zabaltegi includes three Spain’s shorts –Koldo Almandoz’s “The Last Flight of Hubert Le Blon,” Asier Altuna’s “The Field,” and Aitor Arregi’s “She Bought It In Zarautz.”

Fest runs Sept. 19-27.

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