A total of nineteen Spanish-produced films can be seen at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival, to run from 21-29 September, as part of the Official Selection, New Directors, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera and Perlak sections of the Festival.
Icíar Bollaín (Madrid, 1967) will make her third-time bid for the Golden Shell with Yuli. Following the Official Selection presentation of Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003), with the result of two Silver Shells for its leading characters, Laia Marull and Luis Tosar, and Mataharis (2007), Bollaín addresses in Yuli, with a screenplay by Paul Laverty inspired in Carlos Acosta’s autobiographical No Way Home, the tale of a black dancer who became the leading figure of London’s Royal Ballet.
This is also the third time Isaki Lacuesta (Girona, 1975) will have competed for the Golden Shell, although it is his fourth participation in the Official Selection due to Murieron por encima de sus posibilidades (Dying Beyond their Means) having been selected out of competition. Lacuesta, who already enjoyed a taste of what it’s like to win the Festival’s top award, with Los pasos dobles (The Double Steps, 2011), presents Entre dos aguas (Between Two Waters), starring the two Roma brothers who appeared in one of the director’s first films, La leyenda del tiempo, as teenagers.
Likewise, among his awards Carlos Vermut (Madrid, 1980) can count the Golden Shell garnered for his second film, Magical Girl (2014). In Quien te cantará, which he also wrote, he is joined by the actresses Najwa Nimri, Eva Llorach, Carme Elías and Natalia de Molina to tell the story of a singer who loses her memory shortly before making her stage comeback.
For Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Madrid, 1981) this is his second inclusion in the Official Selection. In 2016, with Que Dios nos perdone (May God Save Us) he scooped up in San Sebastian the award for Best Screenplay, written by the director and Isabel Peña. El Reino (The Realm), his latest work, stars Antonio de la Torre as a politician involved in a corruption ring.
For the second year running, a television series has been selected for the Official Selection. Following the screening of La peste (The Plague, Alberto Rodríguez), the Festival will present the complete Gigantes series, directed by Enrique Urbizu (Bilbao, 1962) and Jorge Dorado (Madrid, 1976), to participate in the Festival out of competition. Urbizu, who competed in the Official Selection in 2012 with his previous film, No habrá paz para los malvados (No Rest for the Wicked) once again directs José Coronado.
The San Sebastian Festival runs from 21-29 September.