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Flash Sweepstakes: Win tickets to “Best of Epcot International Food & Wine Party” hosted by Disney Parks Blog

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VIDEO: First trailer for “Spielberg” explores the filmmaker’s legendary career with star-studded HBO documentary

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PHOTOS: ‘Han Solo’ director Ron Howard previews “dark and dangerous times” in new images from the set

Ron Howard offered more glimpses behind the scenes on the set of the new Han Solo film over the weekend. The director posted two different photos with similar captions about “dark and dangerous times” to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Each image shows a hazy scene of destruction at an undisclosed location in the “Star […]

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Nakache and Toledano, Ivana Mladenovic, Matt Porterfield and Nobuhiro Suwa, among others, to compete for the Golden Shell

boletin_811_1.jpgBarbara Albert, Alexandros Avranas, James Franco, Diego Lerman, Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, Ivana Mladenovic, Matt Porterfield and Nobuhiro Suwa, among others, to compete for the Golden Shell


The Official Selection of the San Sebastian Festival’s 65th edition, running from 22-30 September, will gather some of the most important filmmakers on the world panorama. The Austrian filmmaker Barbara Albert, the Greek helmer Alexandros Avranas, the North American James Franco and Matt Porterfield, the Argentine Diego Lerman, the Serbian Ivana Mladenovic, the French Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, and the Japanese Nobuhiro Suwa will compete alongside others for the Golden Shell.

The subject matter of Una especie de familia is similar to Love Me Not, the fourth film by Alexandros Avranas (Larissa, Greece, 1977) winner of the Best Director Silver Lion at Venice for Miss Violence (2013). After True Crimes (2016), starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Avranas now presents Love Me Not, a Greek-French co-production about a couple who hire a surrogate mother. 
Una especie de familia, the film starring Bárbara Lennie, is the fifth feature by Diego Lerman (Buenos Aires, 1976), whose debut movie, Tan de repente (Suddenly), received, among many other acknowledgments, the Silver Leopard for Best Film at the Locarno Festival. His films have been selected for Venice, the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and the Horizontes Latinos section at San Sebastian, where his two previous films were screened, La mirada invisible (The Invisible Eye, 2010) and Refugiado (2014).

James Franco (Palo Alto, California, USA, 1978) directs, produces and stars in the comedy The Disaster Artist, narrating the filming of what is considered to be the best worst movie ever made, The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003), which has now become a cult film. The Disaster Artist is based on the book of the same name written by the actor Greg Sestero, one of the leading actors in The Room. Franco (127 hours) plays Tommy Wiseau, director, screenwriter, actor and producer ofThe Room.

Olivier Nakache (Suresnes, France, 1973) and Éric Toledano (Paris, 1971) closed the Festival in 2011 with the world premiere of Intouchables (The Intouchables), winner of 35 awards in its subsequent international career and the biggest French box-office success worldwide; they also closed the 2014 Festival with Samba. With their new collaboration, Le sens de la fête / C’est la vie!, a comedy set at a frenzied wedding in an 18th century French castle, they now compete for the first time for the Golden Shell.

Soldaţii. Poveste din Ferentari / Soldiers. Story from Ferentari is the feature film debut by Ivana Mladenovic (Kladovo, Serbia, 1984). This Romanian, Serbian and Belgian co-production tells the tale of a young anthropologist who heads for Ferentari, the poorest district of Bucharest, to write a study on pop music among the Roma community.

The Austrian actress, screenwriter, producer and director Barbara Albert (Vienna, 1970) returns to the Official Selection with Licht / Mademoiselle Paradis. Albert, who competed in Locarno with Böse Zellen / Free Radicals (2003), in Venice with Fallen (2006) and in San Sebastian with Die Lebenden / The Dead and the Living (2012), takes a closer look at the dramatic dilemma faced by a young blind pianist.

Sollers Point is the latest film by Matt Porterfield (Baltimore, USA, 1977), author of Hamilton (2006), Putty Hill (2010) and I Used to Be Darker (2013), three films acclaimed by the critics and premiered respectively at the Wisconsin, Berlin and Sundance festivals. Starring McCaul Lombardi (American Honey), Sollers Point opens with the house arrest of a small-time drug dealer.

Nobuhiro Suwa (Hiroshima, Japan, 1960) won the Fipresci Prize at Cannes for his second film, M/Other (1999) and the Jury Special Prize at Locarno for Un couple parfait (A Perfect Couple, 2005). He also wrote and co-directed, with Hippolyte Girardot, Yuki & Nina (2009), premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and selected for Zabaltegi-Pearls. His impossible remake of Hiroshima mon amour, H Story, was part of the Festival retrospective New Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015. In Le lion est mort ce soir / The Lion Sleeps Tonight he brings long-standing actor (Jean-Pierre Léaud) together with a group of children, apprentice filmmakers, in an abandoned house.

These bring the number of confirmed titles for the Official Selection to fifteen. In addition to those mentioned in this press release are the opening film and those announced in the Spanish cinema press conference last week: Submergence (Wim Wenders), El autor (Manuel Martín-Cuenca), Handia (Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi) and Life and Nothing More (Antonio Méndez Esparza), all contenders for the Golden Shell; Marrowbone (Sergio G. Sánchez) and the TV series La peste (Alberto Rodríguez), which will participate out of competition; and the special screening of Morir (Fernando Franco).

The other films completing the Official Selection at the 65th edition will be announced in the coming weeks.



Le lion est mort ce soir / The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Nobuhiro Suwa (France – Japan)

Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Pauline Etienne

South of France. Present day. Jean, an aging actor caught by the past, settles himself secretly in an abandoned house where Juliette, the great love of his life, once lived. A group of young friends discover the same house, the perfect set to shoot their next horror movie. Jean and the children will meet face to face eventually and share…




Le sens de la fête / C’est la vie!

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano (France)

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Suzanne Clément, Jean-Paul Rouve

For the happy couple this is the biggest night of their lives. But it’s just another of many for Max, from the catering company, Guy the photographer, James the singer, and everyone else working at the event. Pierre and Hélène have decided to celebrate their marriage in a beautiful 18th century castle on the outskirts of Paris. We follow the occasion from its preparation until the sun comes up, almost in real time, but only seen through the eyes of those working at the marriage. This will be a night full of surprises.




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Licht / Mademoiselle Paradis

Barbara Albert (Austria – Germany)

Cast: Maria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Katja Kolm, Lukas Miko, Maresi Riegner, Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Susanne Wuest, Stefanie Reinsperger, Christoph Luser

Vienna, 1777. The blind 18-year-old ‘Wunderkind’ pianist Maria Theresia Paradis lost her eyesight overnight when she was three years old. After countless failed medical experiments, her parents take her to the estate of controversial ‘miracle doctor’ Franz Anton Mesmer, where she joins a group of outlandish patients. She enjoys the liberal household in a Rococo world and tastes freedom for the first time, but begins to notice that as Mesmer’s treatment brings back her eyesight, she is losing her cherished musical virtuosity…




Love Me Not

Alexandros Avranas (Greece – France)

Cast: Eleni Roussinou, Christos Loulis

A couple hires a young migrant to be their surrogate mother and moves her to their beautiful villa. While the man is away for work, the woman and the girl start to bond and enjoy the couple’s wealthy way of life. But behind her forced cheerfulness, the woman seems more and more depressed. After a few drinks with the girl, she goes for a drive. The next morning, her husband gets a call: his wife is dead, her burned body was found in her wrecked car.




Soldaţii. Poveste din Ferentari / Soldiers. Story from Ferentari

Ivana Mladenovic (Romania – Serbia – Belgium)

Cast: Adrian Schiop, Vasile Pavel-Digudai, Stefan Iancu, Nicolae Marin-Spaniolul, Kana Hashimoto, Dan Bursuc

Adi (40), a young anthropologist recently left by his girlfriend, moves to Ferentari (the poorest neighborhood in Bucharest)  to write a study on manele music (the pop music of the Roma community). While researching his subject, he meets Alberto, a Roma ex-convict who promises to help him. Soon, the two begin a romance in which Adi feeds Alberto improbable plans to escape poverty while Alberto reciprocates with well-concocted phrases of love. When the money runs out, both find themselves trapped in an apartment where they love and use each other, in a game of need and power that has no winners.




Sollers Point

Matt Porterfield (USA – France)

Cast: McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi, Zazie Beetz

On probation and living in his father’s house after a year of incarceration, 24-year-old Keith navigates his deeply stratified Baltimore neighborhood in search of work and something to give his life new meaning. Though the outside world provides its own share of threats, Keith’s greatest enemies are the demons he harbors within.




The Disaster Artist

James Franco (USA)

Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, Jason Mantzoukas

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is the true story of the making of the film The Room, which has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies”. Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic has been screening to sold-out audiences nationwide for more than a decade. Franco directed The Disaster Artist from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Franco leads the cast, along with Dave Franco and Seth Rogen. The ensemble also features Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, and Jason Mantzoukas. The film was produced by Franco, Vince Jolivette, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, and Evan Goldberg. The Disaster Artist is a New Line Cinema presentation in association with Good Universe and RatPac-Dune, a Point Grey production in association with Ramona Films. Warner Bros. Pictures will oversee international distribution.




Una especie de familia (A Sort of Family)

Diego Lerman (Argentina – Brazil – Poland – France)

Cast: Bárbara Lennie, Daniel Araoz, Claudio Tolcachir, Yanina Ávila

Malena is a middle-class doctor in Buenos Aires. One afternoon she receives a call from Dr Costas, telling her she must leave immediately for the north of the country: the baby she was expecting is about to be born. Suddenly and almost without a thought, Malena decides to set out on an uncertain voyage, packed with crossroads at which she has to deal with all sorts of legal and moral obstacles to the extent that she constantly asks herself to what limits she is prepared to go to get the thing she wants most.  




16 projects from 13 countries will be presented at the VI Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum

foro_seleccion_65_in.jpgThe Forum will have an extra day and will take place from 24 to 27 September


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Fifteen projects have been selected from a total of 165 submitted, from 29 countries. Added to these are the project selected at the Ibermedia Workshop to develop film projects from Central America and the Caribbean, which will participate but not compete. The countries with projects selected in the Forum are Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland.

The selection includes seven first or second works alongside works by acclaimed filmmakers. Some of the participants in the VI Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum have already attended the Festival with other films, such as the moviemakers Pablo Agüero (Eva no duerme / Eva Doesn’t Sleep, Official Selection 2015) and Mikel Rueda (New York. Quinta Planta, Zinemira 2016) and the producer Macarena López (Rara, Horizontes Award 2016). Furthermore, the new projects by Koldo Zuazua, producer of Morir / Dying and Diego Lerman, director of Una especie de familia / A Sort of Family, both in this year’s Official Selection, will be presented at the Forum.

Half of the projects from the first five editions have now been filmed. Some of them have recently participated at international festivals: El auge del humano / The Human Surge, by Eduardo Williams, winner of the Cineasti del Presenti Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival 2016, Jesús (Jesus, formerly Niño Nadie) by Fernando Guzzoni, which competed in the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Festival 2016; Rifle (formerly Até o Camiho), by David Pretto, selected for the Forum section at the last Berlinale, and X500 by Juan Andrés Arango, competitor in the Bright Future section at the Rotterdam Festival 2017.

For the first time this year the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum will have an extra day, on Sunday 24, at which the pitching session will take place. On the other dates it will coincide with Films in Progress 32 and Glocal in Progress, the new industry activity.

The Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum is promoted by the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures.


1. 1989
Director: Alicia Scherson
Production Company: Araucaria Cine

Director: Pablo Agüero
Production Company: Sorgin Films, AIE.
Spain – France

Director: Fernando Frías
Production Company: Film Tank
Mexico – The Netherlands

Director: Santiago Loza
Production Company: Constanza Sanz Palacios Films, S.R.L.
Argentina – Germany

Director: Fábio Baldo
Production Company: Glaz

Director: Maite Alberdi Soto
Production Company: Micromundo Producciones

Director: Mikel Rueda
Production Company: Baleuko, S.L.

Director: Sergio Castro San Martín
Production Company: Manufactura de películas
Chile – Mexico – Brazil

Director: Mara Pescio
Production Company: Maravillacine

Director: Juan Sebastián Mesa
Production Company: Monociclo Cine

Director: Claudia Pinto Emperador
Production Company: Sin Rodeos Films España, S.L.
Spain – Mexico

Director: Mateo Bendesky
Production Company: Volpe Films
Argentina – Chile – Austria

Director: Matteo Tortone
Production Company: Malfé Film
Italy – France

Director: Ezequiel Radusky
Production Company: Campo Cine

Director: Rodrigo Sepúlveda
Production Company: Forastero
Chile – Argentina

Ibermedia Project (This film is not a competitor for the Awards)

Directors: Heidi Hassan – Patricia Pérez
Production Company: Matriuska Producciones, S.L.
Spain – Cuba – Switzerland – France


The VI Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Best Project Award, € 10,000 for the majority producer of one of the selected projects.

The EFADs-CAACI Europe-Latin America Co-Production Award, € 20,000 for the majority producer of one of the selected projects.

The Eurimages Development Co-Production Award, € 20,000 euros for the majority producer of an Eurimage’s Member Country that intends to co-produce with another country of the same programme.

The ARTE International Prize  € 5,000  for the majority producer of one of the selected projects.

Complementing the San Sebastian Forum and thanks to the collaboration with the Marché du Film-Festival de Cannes’ Producers Network and the Argentina’s INCAA, both organisers of Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, some of these projects will have the opportunity to continue on their international journey by participating at the Ventana Sur market and in the coming edition of the Producers Network. This itinerary will contribute to lending their international projection a decisive boost.

The Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum is promoted by the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures.