Magazine article Screen International

Blancanieves, Trueba, Ozon, Ghobadi Light Up San Sebastian

Magazine article Screen International

Blancanieves, Trueba, Ozon, Ghobadi Light Up San Sebastian

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More industry activity and new projects announced in Spain including a Fernando Trueba-Penélope Cruz reunion.

If the jury vote echoes the buzz, François Ozon's In The House will win the Golden Shell on Saturday. This thriller based on a Juan Mayorga play starring Fabrice Luchini is the favourite in San Sebastian. Blancanieves (pictured), following its positive reception in Toronto, has also enjoyed a great welcome.

On Wednesday (26) Bahman Ghobadi's new feature Rhino Season, about repression of artists in Iran, also met with applause. The film is poised to sell to buyers in Spain and France, among others.Other highlights of the festival have been Ben Affleck's Argo and Emily Tang's All Apologies. Expectations are high in advance of the Thursday screening of J Bayona's new film The Impossible, which was one of the critical hits of Toronto.Sales agents are confident that at they will close deals by the end of the festival. "There are more buyers than in Venice", said Eva Diederix of Elle Driver. Gael Nouaille of Wild Bunch, which has 11 films in the festival this year, added: "There is a huge presence of industry this year and we are seeing better quality of films."

San Sebastian attendees heard of Fernando Trueba's plans for his next film La Reina De España (The Queen Of Spain), which sees him reunite with Penélope Cruz 14 years after The Girl Of Your Dreams. …

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