The 69th San Sebastian Film Festival confirmed its first crop of competitive titles, including Terence Davies Blessing with Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi.
The film chronicles different moments in the life of Siegfried Sassoon, an anti-war soldier and poet who survived the First World War. This will be the third time British director Davies competes for the Golden Shell – San Seb’s biggest prize – after The big Blue in 2011 and Sunset song in 2015.
Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s latest film, which already won the San Seb New Directors Award with its debut, is also on the premier list. Innocence, in 2004, while his second feature film, Evolution, won the Special Jury Prize in Official Selection in 2015. She returns this year with Ear piercing. Based on Brian Catling’s novel, it tells the story of Albert, a man employed to care for Mia, a girl with ice teeth.
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Claudia Llosa, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival with The milk of pain, who was nominated for an Oscar, brings Fever dream in San Sebastian. Pic is co-authored by Samanta Schweblin, author of the book of the same name – a tale about invisible fear and the power of motherly love.
Claire Simon will be in San Seb this year with Want to talk about Duras, relating an interview between the journalist Michèle Manceaux and Yann Andrea, in love with the writer Marguerite Duras in his last years.
Inés Barrionuevo will present her fourth feature film at the San Seb Competition. Camila is going out tonight follows a young woman who has to deal with the changes of moving to Buenos Aires and resuming her studies in a traditional private school.
Three debutantes have also been selected for this year’s Competition: Alina Grigore with Blue Moon, Zhang Ji with Fire on the plain, Lindeburg tea with Like in paradise.
The festival said it couldn’t confirm 100% which titles would be world premieres at this point. As the festival schedule has continued to change due to Covid, more events are happening later in the summer and selections have gotten more complicated.