San Sebastian Unveils Titles in Competition

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San Sebastian Unveils Titles in Competition


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


Films from Roger Michell and Bertrand Tavernier as well as Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, among first wave of titles.

The 61st San Sebastian Film Festival has revealed the first six titles to compete in its Official Selection.

They include Le Week-end, from Notting Hill director Roger Michell, which tells the story of a couple of British teachers who revisit Paris many years after their honeymoon in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. It stars Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.

UK-Australia co-pro The Railway Man, from director Jonathan Teplitzky, stars Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgård. It is based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier captured by the Japanese during the Second World War who was forced to work on the Burma-Thailand railway. After the war, during his retirement, he discovers that the Japanese soldier responsible for a large part of his suffering is still alive.

French director Bertrand Tavernier will compete with Quai d'Orsay, based on the satirical comic of the same name by Lanzac & Blain. …

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