Besides these Spanish productions, the festival will also screen Argentinean/Spanish/French co-production Empty Nest, by Argentina’s Daniel Burman. This is the only film to represent Latin America in the main competition.
Christophe Honoré’s La belle personne (“The Beautiful Person”) and Louise-Michel by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern will represent France.
The 19 titles in official competition also include Turkish/French/German/Belgian co-production Pandora’s Box, by Yesim Ustaoglu; Samira Makhmalbaf’s Iranian/French film Two-Legged Horse; and Rashid Masharawi’s Tunisian/Palestinian/Dutch co-production Laila’s Birthday.
The festival’s sidebars will also feature numerous European films. These include Woody Allen’s latest, Spanish-set Vicky Cristina Barcelona, which will open the Zabalegi-Pearls section.
Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas will receive the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement. The actor will be doubly honoured at this year’s festival, as UK film The Other Man, starring Banderas, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney is set to open the event.
María Gómez Silva