Round 1, a batch of Spanish films and co-productions, rolled out a few weeks ago, and now the San Sebastian Film Festival has announced another round of six titles for the Official Selection of its 61st edition, running from September 20 through 28. With descriptions from the festival…
François Dupeyron’s My Soul Healed by You. “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.”
Fernando Eimbcke‘s Club Sandwich. “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.”
Roger Michell’s Le Week-End. Also headed to Toronto. With Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, and Jeff Goldblum. Nick and Meg are “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.”
Mariana Rondón’s Bad Hair. Junior is a nine-year-old with “bad hair” whose “efforts to smooth it down for the school picture incur the wrath of his mother Marta, a widow at the age of 30.”
Bertrand Tavernier‘s Quai d’Orsay. Another Toronto title. An adaptation of “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.”
Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man. Again, Toronto. “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, focused on his passion for trains, when he discovers that the Japanese soldier responsible for a large part of his suffering is still alive…”
Meantime, you can watch around two dozen films that have premiered in San Sebastian over the past several decades right here on Fandor.