The new films by four important filmmakers on the international scene will compete for the Golden Shell alongside the titles already announced.
A film from 'The Hypnotist' by Lasse Hallström. Image: Zinemaldia
LE CAPITAL (CAPITAL)
The latest work by Costa-Gavras, winner of an Academy Award, prizes at Cannes and Berlin and director of classics like Z (1969), État de siège (1972), Missing (1982) and Music Box (1989). This is the story of the unstoppable ascent of Marc Tourneuil, an expendable servant of the Capital who became its undisputed master. In the director’s words: “We are slaves to the Capital. We tremble when it trembles. We celebrate when it grows and triumphs. Who will set us free? Should we liberate ourselves? We should at the very least know those who serve it and how”. The film stars Gad Elmaleh and Gabriel Byrne.
Laurent Cantet (FRANCE-CANADA)
Laurent Cantet, who in 1999 won the New Directors Award at San Sebastian with Ressources humaines (Human Resources) and winner of the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2008 with his previous film, Entre les murs / The Class, portrays in his new film set in 1953 a group of girls living in a small New York State city who form the secret girls’ society, “Foxfire”. The gang sets out on a trip of vengeance to fulfil the impossible dream of living by their own rules and laws, no matter what happens. Raven Adamson, Katie Coseni, Claire Mazarolle, Madeleine Bisson and Rachel Nyhuus head the cast.
HYPNOTISÖREN / THE HYPNOTIST (THE HYPNOTIST)
Lasse Hallström (SWEDEN)
Swedish director Lasse Hallström - remembered for films like Mitt liv son hund (My Life as a Dog, 1985), The Cider House Rules, (1999), Chocolat (2000) and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) - adapts in his new film the best seller by Lars Kepler. The film narrates the investigations of a detective who pairs with a hypnotist to uncover the author of a savage killing. Starring Lena Olin, Mikael Persbrandt and Tobias Zilliacus.
FASLE KARGADAN / RHINO SEASON (RHINO SEASON)
Bahman Ghobadi (TURKEY)
The Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi has already bagged two Golden Shells at San Sebastian: in 2004 with Turtles Can Fly and in 2006 with Niwemang/Half Moon. His latest film tells the tale of Sahel, an Iranian-Kurdish poet newly released from a thirty-year prison sentence who thinks of nothing but finding his wife. But she thinks he is dead. Monica Bellucci and Behrouz Vossoughi headline the film.