10 Things to Watch for at the San Sebastian Film Festival

Variety | 9/20/2018 | John Hopewell
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With its 66th edition running Sept. 21-29, San Sebastian is the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world. Here are 10 things to watch for at this year’s installment.

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Could the tide be turning? Following Cannes, Locarno, Sarajevo and Venice, of European events, San Sebastian will sign a gender-parity charter at this year’s event. More eye-catching, San Sebastian joins a growing bevy of events — Venice Days and Mexico’s Morelia, for example — in having at least one major section with more titles directed by women than men. In San Sebastian’s case, it is the 2018 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum. That makes sense: Screening finished films, festivals depend on women’s movies getting made, and highlighting projects can further that goal. “We support ways for more women’s films to get made,” says San Sebastian director José Luis Rebordinos.

Danny DeVito, Judi Dench and Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose “Shoplifters” won this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or, will pick up career achievement prizes at the San Sebastian Donostia Awards.

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Five films by women screen in competition, and in all, 34% of San Sebastian’ biggest section titles — competition, New Directors, Horizontes Latinos, the Forum and Films in Progress — are directed by women. Significantly, San Sebastian has also zeroed in on movies by genuinely exciting female talent from territories where young women directors are moving stage center, making films which position women in a very different places from the aspirational inter-class romance of yore: Catalonia’s Celia Rico (“Journey to a Mother’s Room”), Meritxell Colell (“Duo”) and Clara Roquet (“Libertad”); Mexico’s Lila Avilés (“The Chambermaid”), and Chile’s Pepa San Martin (“Happiness”).

Netflix has “Roma” in its Perlas best-of-the-fests section. Kim Jee-woon’s “Ilang: The Wolf Brigade” has been acquired by Netflix. Amazon Studios co-produces Felix Van Groeningen’s “Beautiful Boy.” One more OTT platform deal at least on a San Sebastian...
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