Fesser, Winterbottom, and Macías to vie for Golden Shell

Article published on Aug. 6, 2008
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Article published on Aug. 6, 2008
Six more competition titles have been revealed by the San Sebastián Film Festival (September 18-27). This brings the number of films vying for the Golden Shell at Spain’s most important film event to thirteen. There are three European productions, including two from Spain, among the six newly confirmed titles.
The first, Camino by Javier Fesser (nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film Oscar in 2004), was produced by Películas Pendelton and Mediapro. In the film, the director ventures into drama, quite a different direction from his previous features, El milagro de P. Tinto and La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón, both between comedy and fantasy.

Belén Macías, whose short El puzzle was nominated for a Goya in 2001, will present her feature debut, El patio de mi cárcel. This feminine drama was produced by Pedro Almodóvar's El Deseo with Warner Bros Entertainment España. It depicts a group of female prisoners who create a little theatre company to deal with the evil instilled in them since they were born.

The third European title is Genova by English director Michael Winterbottom, who will be competing for a third time at the Basque festival. His new feature, produced by Revolution Films, stars Colin Firth, takes place mainly in Genoa and describes the efforts of a father and his two daughters as they handle the death of their mother.

The three other new films in the running for the Golden Shell are Yesim Ustaoglu's Pandora's Box (Turkey), Hirokazu Kore-eda's Still Walking (Japan), and renowned Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf's fourth feature, Two-Legged Horse.

Sergio Ríos Pérez