5 August 2016

San Sebastian Official Selection

By otm

The San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection will screen the eagerly awaited works of Bertrand Bonello, Fernando Guzzoni, Arnaud des Pallières and Hong Sang-soo, among others 

Three debutants: North America’s Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Sweden’s Johannes Nyholm and Britain’s William Oldroyd will also compete for the Golden Shell 

Friday, August 5th, 2016 

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The competition for the Golden Shell at the latest edition of the San Sebastian Festival, running from September 16th to 24th, will have as its protagonists some of the most eye-catching moviemakers on the international panorama. Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama), Fernando Guzzoni (Jesus), Johannes Nyholm (Jätten / The Giant), William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth), Arnaud des Pallières (Orpheline Orphan), Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (As You Are) and Hong Sang-soo (Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot / Yourself and Yours) join the list of filmmakers whose works will compete in the Official Selection.

Bonello will present Nocturama, a film which has generated great interest in both its director and its subject matter. The filmmaker from Nice won the Fipresci Prize at Cannes for Le pornographe (2001) and three of his latest movies were selected for the French festival’s Official Selection: Tiresia (2003),L’Apollonide.Souvenirs de la maison close / House of Tolerance (2011) and Saint Laurent (2014). Despite not having competed at San Sebastian until now, two of his films were shown as part of the thematic retrospective at the 57th edition, Backwash: Cutting Edge of French Cinema (Tiresia and Cindy, The Doll Is Mine). Nocturama, filmed prior to the November attacks in Paris, tells the tale of a group of youngsters that seem to be following a plan.

Another prominent French filmmaker, Arnaud des Pallières, who participated at Venice with his last two feature films – Parc, in the Orizzonti section (2008) and Michael Kohlhaas (Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas, 2013) in the Official Selection at Cannes – will come to San Sebastian for the first time with Orpheline. Sergi López once again figures on the cast, alongside Adèle Haenel (L’Apollonide), Adèle Exarchopoulos (La vie d’Adèle Blue is the Warmest Colour), Solène Rigot (17 filles) and Gemma Anterton (007: Quantum of Solace) to render four moments in the lives of four women.

The Chilean director, filmmaker and producer Fernando Guzzoni returns to the Festival after winning the Kutxa-New Directors Award in 2012 with his first full-length feature, Carne de Perro (Dog Flesh), the story of a former torturer which went on to land awards at festivals including Valdivia, Gothenburg and Toulouse following its screening at San Sebastian. In Jesus, which was presented at the 2013 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, Guzzoni looks at the relationship between a father and his son; as a backdrop, the portrayal of his country through two generations.

The moviemaker known as the Korean Woody Allen, Hong Sang-soo, presents his latest film, Dangsinjasingwa dangsinui geot Yourself and Yours, having bagged awards in his latest festival participations: Un Certain Regard at Cannes for Hahaha (2010); the Silver Leopard for Best Director at Locarno for Our Sunhi (2013); and the Golden Leopard once again at the Swiss festival for Right Now, Wrong Then (2015).

As You Are, first feature film by the 23 year old director and actor Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, comes with the acclaim of the US Dramatic Special Jury Award picked up at Sundance. Co-written with Madison Harrison, star of his short film As a Friend (2014), and headlined by Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), Owen Campbell (Conviction) and Charlie Heaton (the TV series Stranger Things), the film explores the friendship between two teenagers and a girl in their class, which unites and separates them, as a police inquiry runs its course.

The Swedish-Danish co-production Jätten / The Giant is the first feature from filmmaker Johanes Nyholm, who helms and writes the movie. The story portrays a man with deformations and psychological disability who sees in a national petanque championship the opportunity to reunite with the mother he was taken from at birth. Nyholm authored the famous short Las Palmas, winner of accolades at festivals in Sweden, Finland and the UK.

Also making his feature directorial debut is William Oldroyd, winner of the Sundance London short film competition with Best. Oldroyd, who enjoys a prestigious theatre career, takes the screenplay by Alice Birch, winner in 2014 of the George Devine award for most promising playwright, to constitute his Lady Macbeth, a tale set in the 19th century about forbidden passions and death. The cast includes Florence Pugh (The Falling), Cosmo Jarvis (Spooks:The Greater Good)the debutant Naomi Ackie and Paul Hilton (Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights).

These bring the titles known for the Festival’s Official Selection to fifteen. Added to those announced in this press release are Oliver Stone’s Snowden and A Monster Calls by J.A. Bayona, both participating out of competition; the special screenings of Manda huevos and Vivir y otras ficciones (Living and Other Fictions); and the other four competing films: the Spanish productions El hombre de las mil caras  (Smoke amd Mirrors) by Alberto Rodríguez, Que Dios nos perdone (May God Save Us) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen and La reconquista (The Reunion) by Jonás Trueba, in addition to American Pastoral, the directorial debut by Ewan McGregor. The remaining titles making up the Official Selection will be announced in the coming weeks.


AS YOU ARE

 

AS YOU ARE

MILES JORIS-PEYRAFITTE   (USA) 

Jack is a high school student who lives with his single mother Karen in a nondescript suburban town. Considered a social outcast and loner, Jack is friendless until Karen’s new boyfriend Tom moves in and brings his son Mark into their lives. The two outsiders quickly bond and form a tight friendship and, after a chance encounter at a diner, bring fellow student Sarah into their group. The three teens become each other’s saving grace until changing relationships and emerging secrets force them to look at themselves and see how far they are willing to go to live the lives they choose.


DANGSINJASINGWA DANGSINUI GEOT / YOURSELF AND YOURS

 

DANGSINJASINGWA DANGSINUI GEOT / YOURSELF AND YOURS

HONG SANG-SOO   (SOUTH KOREA) 

Painter Youngsoo hears that his girlfriend Minjung drank with a man and fought with him. They argue that night, and Minjung goes out, saying they shouldn’t see each other for some time. The next day, Youngsoo looks for her, but can’t find her. Meanwhile, in Yeonnam where he lives, Minjung or some women who look identical to her go around meeting different men. Youngsoo wanders and fights with himself, which is the same as fighting with the world.


JäTTEN / THE GIANT

 

JÄTTEN / THE GIANT

JOHANNES NYHOLM   (SWEDEN – DENMARK) 

Rikard is a 30-year-old man severely deformed and suffering from autism, haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. From time to time, he escapes from reality into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant living in peace with his beloved mother. Convinced that his mum will take him back if he wins the Scandinavian championship of petanque, Rikard will do the impossible to make his dream come true.


JESúS

 

JESÚS (JESUS) 

FERNANDO GUZZONI   (FRANCE – CHILE – GERMANY – GREECE) 

Santiago (Chile). Jesús (18) is in search of his identity. He dances with a Korean pop group and likes hanging out in public parks with his friends. He doesn’t go to school or have a job. Since his mother died he lives with his father, Hector (53), in an apartment where the tv covers up their inability to communicate. One night, Jesús opens up to his father and confesses his involvement in an irreversible event. This shared knowledge forces them to join together for the first time.


LADY MACBETH

 

LADY MACBETH 

WILLIAM OLDROYD   (UK) 

Rural England, 1865. Katherine is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.


NOCTURAMA

 

NOCTURAMA

BERTRAND BONELLO   (FRANCE – GERMANY – BELGIUM) 

One morning in Paris. A fistful of adolescents, from different backgrounds. Individually, they begin a strange dance through the labyrinth of the metro and the streets of the capital. They seem to be following a plan. Their gestures are precise, almost dangerous. They come together in the same place, a department store, at closing time. Paris erupts. The assault begins…


ORPHELINE / ORPHAN

 

ORPHELINE / ORPHAN

ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES   (FRANCE) 

Four moments in the lives of four female characters. Sandra’s youth as she moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. Karine’s teenage years, an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, The childhood of Kiki, captured as a game of hide and seek, turns to tragedy. And the grown-up life of Renée, a woman who thought she was safe from her own past.

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  • AS YOU ARE

    MILES JORIS-PEYRAFITTE (USA)

  • DANGSINJASINGWA DANGSINUI GEOT / YOURSELF AND YOURS

    HONG SANG-SOO (SOUTH KOREA)

  • JÄTTEN (THE GIANT)

    JOHANNES NYHOLM (SWEDEN – DENMARK)

  • JESÚS (JESUS)

    FERNANDO GUZZONI (FRANCE – CHILE – GERMANY – GREECE)

  • LADY MACBETH

    WILLIAM OLDROYD (UK)

  • NOCTURAMA

    BERTRAND BONELLO (FRANCE – GERMANY – BELGIUM)

  • ORPHELINE / ORPHAN

    ARNAUD DES PALLIÈRES (FRANCE)

Source: http://www.sansebastianfestival.com/2016/news/1/5818/in


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