La section New Directors de San Sebastian présente sept premiers films
par Alfonso Rivera
- Avec onze titres en tout, cette section découvreuse de réalisateurs émergents montrera les travaux de talents représentant notamment l’Espagne, la France, la Pologne, la Russie et le Royaume-Uni
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The San Sebastián International Film Festival is already gearing up for its 68th edition, which will take place 18 – 26 September in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Having already announced their opening film, one of their Donostia awards (read more) and the festival’s Spanish representation (read more), on 4 August, the contents of one of their most exciting sections has been revealed: New Directors, which spotlights filmmakers who have just directed their first or second feature-length film. Eleven films make up this section, with productions from Brazil, China, South Korea, Spain, France, Ireland, Japan, Holland, Poland, the UK and Russia all competing for the Kutxabank New Directors Prize.
Among the European entries, Scottish director Ben Sharrock’s second film is a stand-out. Having made such an impression in this same competition five years ago with Pikadero [+lire aussi :
interview : Ben Sharrock
fiche film], his latest project, Limbo, about a Syrian immigrant musician, is full of absurd humour and mysticism. From neighbouring France comes a debut by Suzanne Lindon, Spring Blossom [+lire aussi :
fiche film], a film that discusses the contradictions one girl faces when she falls in love with a man much older than her.
French-Brazilian co-production, Memory House [+lire aussi :
fiche film], debut from João Paulo Miranda, examines social tensions in Brazil, and was the winner of the European Distributors and Exhibitors Award at Films in Progress 37 Toulouse. Polish-Irish coproduction I Never Cry [+lire aussi :
fiche film], is Piotr Domalewski’s second film, after the acclaimed Silent Night [+lire aussi :
interview : Dawid Ogrodnik
interview : Piotr Domalewski
fiche film] in 2017. Russia comes to San Sebastián with Grigory Kolomytsev’s first feature, Chupacabra, developed in Ikusmira Berriak’s residency programme, about the power of imagination in childhood.
As we already announced last week (read article), three Spanish films make up this section: Ane [+lire aussi :
interview : David Pérez Sañudo
fiche film], Basque director David Pérez Sañudo’s debut, which examines the delicate topic of estrangement and lack of communication between parent and child; Death Knell [+lire aussi :
fiche film], by Imanol Rayo, from the Navarre region, who has adapted Miren Gorrotxategi’s novel 33 ezkil for his second feature film; and Last days of spring (La última primavera), debut by Isabel Lamberti, a Spanish-Dutch coproduction that exposes social tensions in one of Madrid’s most conflict-affected neighbourhood, La Cañada Real.
Three titles from Asia have made the list for the New Directors section at San Sebastián 2020: heralding from the ever-surprising and exciting South Korean cinema is Gull, the first feature film from Kim Mi-Jo, a director who narrates the consequences of an older woman’s rape; Slow Singing, from China, also the director’s first foray into feature films, this time by Xingyi Dong, whose film depicts a man who, upon returning to his hometown after leaving prison, feels something has broken between him and the rest of the population during this period of estrangement; and finally Along the Sea, Akio Fujimoto’s second film, a Japanese-Vietnamese coproduction about illegal immigration.
The list of selected films:
Spring Blossom [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Suzanne Lindon (France)
Ane [+lire aussi :
interview : David Pérez Sañudo
fiche film] – David Pérez Sañudo (Spain)
Memory House [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Joâo Paulo Miranda Maria (Brazil/France)
Chupacabra – Grigory Kolomytsev (Russia)
Gull (Gal-Mae-Gi) – Kim Mi-Jo (South Korea)
Slow singing – Xingyi Dong (China)
Death Knell [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Imanol Rayo (Spain)
I Never Cry [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Piotr Domalewski (Poland/Ireland)
Last Days of Spring [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Isabel Lamberti (Holland/Spain)
Limbo [+lire aussi :
fiche film] – Ben Sharrock (UK)
Along the Sea (Umibe no kanojotachi) – Akio Fujimoto (Japan/Vietnam)
(Traduit de l'espagnol)
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