71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Official Selection
Official Selection
Manuel Martín Cuenca
116 min.
Manuel Martín Cuenca's latest movie is the tale of love with a demon: Carlos is not only Granada's most reputed tailor, he's also a closet murderer. He feels neither regret nor guilt... until Nina shows up in his life. At last Carlos realises the true nature of his actions and finds love for the first time.
Fernando Franco
98 min.
The first work from Fernando Franco revolves around Ana, a 30 year old ambulance driver. Though good at her job, Ana has problems relating in her personal life. She doesn't know it, but she suffers from a condition known by psychiatrists as Borderline Personality Disorder. The situation pushes her to outbreaks of self-destructive behaviour, alcohol abuse and self-harm. Ana is incapable of getting what she wants most: to be happy.
Bertrand Tavernier
113 min.
Bertrand Tavernier, one of the great masters of contemporary French cinema, adapts in his new film the comic of the same name by Lanzac & Blain, a political satire revolving around Alexandre Tallard de Vorms, Minister of Foreign Affairs for France, a man who calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. With a brilliant cast including Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Anaïs Demoustier, Julie Gayet, Joséphine de La Baume and Jane Birkin.
Opening Film
Juan José Campanella
106 min.
Amadeo lives in a small, faceless town. He works in a bar, plays table football better than anyone and is in love with Laura, but she doesn't know it. His simple routine falls to pieces when Grosso, a young local boy turned best football player in the world, returns determined to take revenge for the only game he has ever lost in his life. With the table football, the bar and even his soul in pieces, Amadeo discovers something magical: the players in his beloved table football speak, and plenty! Together they set out on an adventure-packed voyage to save Laura and the village; and to become a real team as they go. But does football have a place for miracles?
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Closing Film
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
105 min.
Shot in 3D, the film stars T. S. Spivet, a 12-year-old child prodigy who lives on a ranch in Montana. His great talent for cartography and inventions is soon rewarded. A scientific institute announces that he has won a prestigious award and he sets out across the country to collect it.
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Fernando Eimbcke
80 min.
Mexico's Fernando Eimbcke premieres his third film in San Sebastian. Paloma and her 15 years old son Hector have a very strong and special relationship. When on holiday at the seaside, Hector meets Jazmin, a teenage girl with whom he discovers the first glimpses of love and sexuality. Trying to keep Hector close to her, Paloma has a hard time accepting that he will eventually grow up and no longer be the same son and best friend he was to her for so many years.
Atom Egoyan
114 min.
Four years after he competed in the 57th edition of the Festival with Chloe, Atom Egoyan returns to San Sebastian with his new work, a haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka the "West Memphis Three", as committing the murders during a satanic ritual, but the truth may be scarier as a mother and investigator suspect all is not as it appears. Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon star in the film.
Denis Villeneuve
90 min.
The latest work from the Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is a Spain-Canada co-production starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A mysterious thriller played out in the subconscious of a man in crisis: Adam leads a monotonous life until he discovers Anthony, a small-time actor physically identical to him.
Jasmila Zbanic
77 min.
Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Žbanić, winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2006 with her film Grbavica, returns to the traumatic past of the Balkan War through Kym, an Australian tourist who decides to travel to Bosnia. Her guidebook leads her to Višegrad, a small town steeped in history, on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. After a night of insomnia in the 'romantic' Hotel Vilina Vlas, Kym discovers what happened there during the war. She can no longer be an ordinary tourist and her life will never be the same again.
François Dupeyron
124 min.
Fourteen years after winning the Golden Shell with C'est quoi la vie?, François Dupeyron returns with his new film. When Frédi loses his mother, he realizes she has passed her healing gift on to him. Frédi rejects it totally, tangled up in his own unhappiness, until a fatal accident changes everything. He is forced to acknowledge that he had healing hands.
Götz Spielmann
114 min.
Götz Spielmann, reputed Austrian director nominated for an Academy Award in 2008 for his film Revanche, brings us his new film about two sisters who grew up in a hotel in the Austrian Alps, no longer in use. Sonja now lives in Berlin. Her sister Verena, who is a little older, has never left the village. For Sonja it is high time to visit her family once again, and the scenes of her childhood. The reunion slowly but relentlessly brings to light old conflicts between the two sisters.
Mariana Rondón
93 min.
The third film from the filmmaker and plastic artist Mariana Rondón stars Junior, a 9 year-old with "bad hair". He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta. The more Junior tries to look sharp and make his mother love him, the more she rejects him, until he is cornered, face to face with a painful decision.
Films in Progress 23
Jonathan Teplitzky
110 min.
Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine and Stellan Skarsgård, the film is based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a British officer fascinated with railways since childhood. During World War II he was captured by the Japanese and sent to a work camp on the Burma-Thailand railway line where he and his fellow prisoners were forced to survive the torture inflicted on them by their captors in extreme conditions. Years later, Lomax is retired and lives in the north of England with his wife Patricia, focussed on his passion for trains, when he discovers that the Japanese soldier responsible for a large part of his suffering is still alive...
David Trueba
108 min.
David Trueba portrays in his new film the unforgettable friendship between three people: an English teacher who travels to Almería when he hears that John Lennon is making a film there, a 16 year old boy who has run away from home and a young girl who also seems to be running away from something...
Roger Michell
93 min.
In his new film, Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love) tells the story of Nick and Meg, a couple of British teachers who revisit Paris many years after their honeymoon in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Meg feels she deserves a better life, yet feels insecure and bereft without her husband Nick. Starring Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.
Álex de la Iglesia
112 min.
An absurd, racy comedy starring a group of desperate thieves who rob a Cash-for-Gold shop in Madrid's Puerta del Sol and make a crazy dash for Disneyland with one of the heister's sons in tow. But on the border with France, they fall into the hands of Basque witches who apply themselves diligently to the ancient customs of their craft and bringing the men down a peg or two.
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