The first batch of films from Spain have been announced for the 58th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival and the 67th edition of the Venice FIlm Festival. Festival Director Mikel Olaciregui’s final San Sebastian will be host to a retrospective section dedicated to Don Siegel “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” while the thematic retrospective will be called “.doc – New paths of non-fiction” focusing on new trends in documentary cinema. Olaciregui who has run the festival since 2001, will the torch to José Luis Rebordinos who has been working till now on the selection committee for the festival and will take over next year. Among the films to preem in the official comp in San Sebastian we find:
José Maria Orbe’s Aita – his first participation on the festival and will also compete for the New Directors award. Judith Collell and Jordi Cardena’s Elisa K – a first participation for Colell while it’s the second for Cardena who presented “Los Papeles de Aspern” in 1991. Óscar Aiba’s El Gran Vázquez the awaited biopic about famous spanish comic strip artist Manuel Vázquez. Agustí Villaronga’s Pa Negre – the helmer returns to the official section after his participation in 2002 with “Aro Tolbukhin”.
As for Venice, another foursome of titles will be presented beginning with Álex de la Iglesia’s A Sad Trumpet Ballad in the Main Comp will be featured. Andrucha Waddington’s Lope – an expensive Brazilian-Spain co-production will receive it’s world premiere in Venice before heading out to TIFF. In the new and improved Horizons sidebar, we find Lluís Galter’s Caracremada and the docu film from José Luis Guerin, entitled Guest.