Abramovich, Honoré, Lelio and Leman join the dispute for the Golden Shell of San Sebastián

The directors Manuel Abramovich, Christophe Honoré, Sebastián Lelio and Diego Lerman join the cast of directors which will compete for the Golden Shell at the 70th San Sebastian Film Festival, a dispute that will also include the latest films by Marco Martins, Laura Mora, Frelle Petersen, Hong Sang-soo, Ulrich Seidl and Petr Václav.

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The Official Section will also host the debuts of Genki Kawamura and Marian Mathias, all names added to the well-known names of the Spanish Fernando Franco, Mikel Gurrea, Pilar Palomero and Jaime Rosales.

As reported on Tuesday by the organization of the Donostiarra contest (SSIFF) in a note, the festival, which will take place from September 16 to 24, will also offer out of competition the special screening of "La (très) grande évasion", a documentary by Yannick Kergoat.

The Argentine filmmaker Manuel Abramovich, several of whose previous works have passed through the “Zabaltegi-Tabakalera” section, will compete on this occasion with his fourth feature film, “Pornomelancolía/Pornomelancholia”, the portrait of a 'sex-influencer' that was selected for the last year at WIP Latam.

For his part, the Argentinean Sebastián Lelio, who participated in the “Perlak” section with Gloria (2013) after passing through “Cinema in Construction” and “Latin Horizons” with “A fantastic woman” (2017), will now premiere in the Official Selection with “The Wonder”, set in the mid-nineteenth century in an Irish town where they say that a girl has survived without eating for months.

His compatriot, Diego Lerman will also compete in San Sebastian with "El suplente", which follows the adventures of a teacher in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.

French director Christophe Honoré, who already showed “La belle personne” (2008) and “Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser” in the Official Selection, will now return to the Golden Shell dispute with “Le Lycéen” , a film about a teenager in crisis after the death of his father whose cast includes Paul Kircher, Vincent Lacoste and Juliette Binoche.

Japanese animation producer Genki Kawamura will now make his directorial debut in San Sebastian with a live-action film, “Hyakka”, about a woman with Alzheimer's.

Likewise, American debutant Marian Mathias will present her first feature film, “Runner”, which deals with the meeting of two young people in the American Midwest. A project with which she was selected for the Cannes Cinéfondation, Torino FeatureLab and Production Bridge Program residencies at the Venice Film Festival.

Also the Austrian Ulrich Seidl, some of whose previous works were screened in retrospectives of the Festival and in sections such as “Zabaltegi-Tabakalera”, premieres in the official competition with “Sparta”, a film that completes the diptych begun with “Rimini” (2022 ), premiered at the last Berlinale.

Filmed and set in Great Britain, "Great Yarmouth-Provisional Figures" is the new work by the Portuguese Marco Martins, who addresses the drama of immigration through the character of Tânia, a woman of Portuguese origin who acts as a link between the workers who arrived of his country and the factories of the Norfolk region and which can now be seen in the Official Section.

Colombian Laura Mora, winner, among other distinctions, of a special mention at the Kutxabank-New Directors Award and the Youth Award with “Matar a Jesús” (2017), will return to the SSIFF in September with her second feature film, “Los reyes del mundo ”, a subversive and fantastic story starring five street kids from Medellín.

After winning the Grand Prix of the Tokyo International Film Festival with "Onkel", the Danish Frelle Petersen will compete for his part with "Resten af ​​livet", a complex and full of life portrait of a family in mourning for the loss of the eldest son and brother .

Likewise, the South Korean Hong Sang-soo will compete, in his second participation in the Official Selection, with “Top/Walk Up”, the story of the encounters that a middle-aged filmmaker has with different people.

The Czech Petr Václav , who competed in “New Directors” with “Paralelní svety”, will also return to San Sebastián to premiere in the Official Selection with his new feature film, “Il Boemo”, a biographical drama centered on the figure of Josef Myslivecek, one of the most prolific Italian opera composers of the 1770s.

These titles are added to the four Spanish-produced films that will also compete in the Official Selection and that were announced a few days ago: “The Rite of Spring”, by Fernando Franco; “Suro”, by Mikel Gurrea; “La maternal”, by Pilar Palomero, and “Wild sunflowers”, by Jaime Rosales.

Out of competition, on the fringes of the competition, there will be a special screening of “La (très) grande évasion”, a French production in which Yannick Kergoat traces the circuits of tax evasion and deciphers the mechanisms of large-scale fraud.

This documentary is added to "El sostre groc", the non-fiction by Isabel Coixet that will be another of the special screenings of this edition, and to "Blackout", a Movistar Plus+ series programmed out of competition and made up of five chapters directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen , Raúl Arévalo, Isa Campo, Alberto Rodríguez and Isaki Lacuesta.

In addition, the film "Model 77", by Alberto Rodríguez, will open the Festival out of competition.

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