Magazine article Screen International

San Sebastian Kicks off with Amenabar's 'Regression'

Magazine article Screen International

San Sebastian Kicks off with Amenabar's 'Regression'

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The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) opened last night with the world premiere of Alejandro Amenabar's Regression.

It is the first time Amenabar has played San Sebastian since 1996's Thesis, the feature directing debut that put him on the map both at home and abroad.

The film, which met with mixed reviews, tells the story of a teenager (Emma Watson) who accuses her father of sexually abusing her in a satanic ritual. Ethan Hawke plays the tough cop who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery.

During the film's press conference, Amenábar described his motivation for making the thriller: "I really want to make the kind of films I like to watch as a film-goer. I love horror films and I was inspired by the austere and harsh tones of films of the 1970s."

Regarding the film's small town USA setting and a general absence of Spanish subject matter in his directing work, he said: "I just look for good stories no matter where they are set. It's true that maybe only The Sea Inside is related to Spanish reality but if tomorrow I find a good story in Russia I would shoot there without hesitating."

The Regression team discussed the film's US release after The Weinstein Company pushed back an announced August 28 launch. …

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