Magazine article Screen International

San Seb Reveals Spanish Line-Up

Magazine article Screen International

San Seb Reveals Spanish Line-Up

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Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and JM Goneada will premiere their new titles.

The 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27) has revealed the three Spanish titles that will compete for the Golden Shell at this year's event.

Filmmaker Alberto Rodríguez will screen Marshland (La isla mínima), a thriller set in post-Franco Spain about the disappearance of two teenage girls that combines dark thriller elements with the trauma of a country freshly out of a dictatorship. José Antonio Félez (Cousinhood, Family United) produces.

Carlos Vermut hit big with his self-produced debut, Diamond Flash, a personal film about a mysterious superhero.

His second feature, Magical Girl, is more mainstream and tells the story of an unemployed father who will do anything to buy his daughter her dream dress. Legendary actor José Sacristán is cast in the film, which deals with the current economic crisis impacting Spain.

A surprise came with the selection of Loreak - the Basque word for flowers - by directing duo Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goneaga, who achieved critical acclaim with their first film For 80 Days.

Loreak tells the story of three women who will discover their inner feelings and share a bouquet of flowers.

Fourth film coming

The announcement was made this morning at the Spanish Film Academy, with an audience that included the protagonists of each film.

Jose Luis Rebordinos, director of the festival, told ScreenDaily: "It has been a very good year for the quality of Spanish cinema, we are so proud. There will be a fourth film in competition this year that will be announced at a later date.

"The quality of Spanish films do not get the international recognition they deserve. These are complicated times but beyond our differences we have to fight as one man for the future of this industry."

More Spanish titles

Spanish films in other sections of the festival were also revealed. …

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