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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2018 New Directors

León Siminiani and Koldo Almandoz to compete in San Sebastián’s New Directors

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- Together with debutante Celia Rico and other European, Latin American and Asian directors, the two Spanish filmmakers form part of the gathering’s section for up-and-coming talents

León Siminiani and Koldo Almandoz to compete in San Sebastián’s New Directors
Apuntes para una película de atracos by León Siminiani

The San Sebastián International Film Festival has begun to reveal details of the programme for its 66th edition, which will unspool between 21 and 29 September this year. This morning, a press conference was held to disclose the identities of 13 of the titles (either first or second works) that will be duking it out to take home the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which comes with €50,000 (intended for the director and the Spanish distributor). Three Spaniards stand out particularly among the emerging directors: Elías León Siminiani, whose new film – following the enthralling Mapa [+see also:
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 Notes For a Heist Film, again produced by Avalon, was shot shrouded in the utmost secrecy; Basque helmer Koldo Almandoz, who will be showing off Ciervo after his captivating feature debut, Ghost Ship [+see also:
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, which was premiered at Rotterdam; and Celia Rico Clavellino, who will be coming along with her feature debut, a co-production with France, Journey to a Mother’s Room, starring Lola Dueñas and Anna Castillo. The screenplay for the latter took part in the Script Station Lab at Berlinale Talents (see the news).

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The list of European representatives in the New Directors section is rounded off by a clutch of other titles: from Romania comes Hadrian Marcu with A Decent Man, a project that arose from the first edition of Glocal in Progress, starring the winner of the Silver Shell for Best Actor at last year’s edition of this very same festival, Bodgan Dumitrache; from Switzerland comes Hannes Baumgartner with his feature debut, Midnight Runner; from Denmark, Laurits Flensted-Jensen with Neon HeartIsmet Sijarina will be brandishing Cold November, a co-production between Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia; and Core of the World by Natalia Meshchaninova will be making its way to San Sebastián from Russia.

Debutant Francisco Marise will come to the Basque city all the way from Argentina with Para la guerra, which was edited and co-produced by Spain’s Javier Rebollo (Woman Without Piano [+see also:
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); his fellow countrywoman Inés María Barrionuevo will do likewise with her debut film, Julia y el zorro; and filmmaker Lila Avilés, who is taking her baby steps in feature directing with La camarista, hails from Mexico.

Finally, rocking up from Asia is Jesus, the first film by Hiroshi Okuyama, an award-winning music video director, as well as Vietnam’s Ash Mayfair with The Third Wife, the screenplay for which won the Spike Lee Film Production Fund Award in 2014.

Here is the list of selected films:

New Directors

Notes For a Heist Film – León Siminiani (Spain)
Jesus (Boku wa Iesu-sama ga kirai) – Hiroshi Okuyama (Japan)
Midnight Runner - Hannes Baumgartner (Switzerland)
Julia y el zorro – Inés María Barrionuevo (Argentina)
La camarista – Lila Avilés (USA/Mexico)
Cold November – Ismet Sijarina (Kosovo/Albania/Macedonia)
Neon Heart – Laurits Flensted-Jensen (Denmark)
Ciervo – Koldo Almandoz (Spain)
Para la guerra – Francisco Marise (Cuba/Argentina/Spain)
Core of the World – Natalia Meshchaninova (Russia)
The Third Wife – Ash Mayfair (Vietnam)
A Decent Man – Hadrian Marcu (Romania)
Journey to a Mother’s Room – Celia Rico Clavellino (Spain/France)

(Translated from Spanish)

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