British director Ben Wheatley presents his last work, based on J.G. Ballard’s novel of the same name. Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building.
„Les Chevaliers Blancs / The White Knights“
Joachim Lafosse brings to the screen the Zoe’s Ark controversy which made headlines in 2007: a story about the limits of the right of interference. Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, is planning a high impact operation: he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.
The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this.
After winning the New Directors award in 2004 with Innocence, Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to the San Sebastian Festival with her new film. On a remote island inhabited solely by women and young boys, Nicolas and the other boys are subjected to mysterious and sinister medical treatments.
„Eva no duerme / Eva doesn’t sleep“
Evita Perón has died. She is the most loved, but also the most hated political figure of Argentina. A leading expert is given the task of embalming her. After months of hard work, the result is perfect. Meanwhile in Argentina, the coups come one after the other and some dictators want to delete Evita’s legacy from the people’s memory. Her body therefore becomes the focal point of clashes lasting for 25 years.
„El rey de La Habana / The King of Havana“
Agustí Villaronga adapts the novel of the same name by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez. Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo struggles to get by in the streets of Havana in the late 90s, one of the worst decades for Cuban society. Hopes, disillusionment, rum, good humour and above all hunger, accompany him in his wanderings.
The third feature film by Federico Veiroj tells the tale of a young boy desperate to escape the faith passed down from his parents as he looks back over his past, his scars, the marks left by guilt and desire.
Any of the Ibero-American films selected for the Official Selection, New Directors and Horizontes Latinos sections can compete for the Award, to be decided by a specific 3-member jury.
Despite the deafness and intransigence that continues to affect the world we live in, shouldn’t a film festival’s mission be to act as the sounding board for all those troubles that surround us? And shouldn’t it also become a privileged meeting point between professionals from all over the world, between films and their public, between the world out there and our small everyday reality?
The 63rd San Sebastian Festival takes this premise as its basis, the idea that, no matter what and despite everything, something moves, that something may change every time an event like this is organised. ow.ly/RNIb0
Presentation of the 63rd Festival: contents, composition of certain juries and confirmed talents
Among those to have confirmed their attendance are: Sienna Miller, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, Ellen Page, Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Tim Roth, Laurie Anderson, Karin Viard, Isabelle Carré, Ricardo Darín, Raphael and Alejandro Amenábar.
Tickets can also be purchased from the following box offices: Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Tabakalera, Príncipe Cinemas (from the 19th) and Trueba and Antiguo Berri Cinemas (from the 20st). Tickets for the Antonio Elorza Velodrome will also be available for purchase from window 23 of the Anoeta Stadium two hours before the start of the screenings.
Tickets for Official Selection Zone B can only be purchased using the corresponding ticket package voucher.
Purchases are limited to a maximum of 4 tickets per showing and person. On purchasing 10 tickets for screenings priced €7.20, a discount of 25% will be applied in all sales channels and box offices.
Tickets for screenings at the San Telmo Museum will cost €3.
On the other hand, young holders of Kutxabank’s Gazte cards (Gaztekutxa, Visa K26 and Vital Gazte) will benefit from 50% discount on the ticket price, except for Galas in the K1 and screenings at the Antonio Elorza Velodrome. Holders of these cards will only pay €1 for films subtitled in Basque.
Holders of Donostia Kultura and Gazte-Txartela cards will benefit from a 10% discount, only applicable to tickets for screenings priced €7.20. Cards can only be used for box-office purchases:
The organisation guarantees that a number of seats for the afternoon and evening Official Selectionscreenings will go on sale from 17:00 on the day of screening at the Kursaal Centre box office.
San Sebastian Festival tickers are not numbered.
Tickets, once purchased, cannot be exchanged or refunded, except in the case of changes to the programme or cancellation by the San Sebastian Festival. In such cases the amount will be refunded or the ticket exchanged for another at the box office of the cinema at which the incident has occurred or at the Zinemaldi Plaza ticket desks.
Entry to the cinemas is not permitted once the screening has started.
The Film Guide listing all the Festival screenings will be available for purchase, at the price of €1.50 from Saturday 12 September at the Kursaal information stands, beside the box office, and in the Plaza de Okendo. The Guide will also be available at major newspaper stands throughout the city, in towns all over Gipuzkoa and in Donostia Turismoa from September 15.
All information on the programme will also be available from Saturday 12 September on the Festival website, www.sansebastianfestival.com