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Official presentation of San Sebastian Festival's 59th edition

This morning, at the María Cristina Hotel, the latest edition of Zinemaldia was unveiled.
José Luis Rebordinos, the Festival Director, and Joxean Fernández, member of the Festival Management Committee, announced the programme and activities scheduled for this year, the names of the juries corresponding to the different sections and the latest additions to the event.
Festival will take place 16-24 Septembre.

Sección Oficial
• GUILLERMO ARRIAGA, writer, screenwriter and film director
• ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA, film director
• BENT HAMER, film director
• BAI LING, actress
• SOPHIE MANTIGNEAUX, cinematographer
Zabaltegi-New Directors
• JONATHAN ROSENBAUM (Chairman), writer and film critic
• LUCÍA CASANI, Director of Cultura at La Casa Encendida
• JESSICA HAUSNER, film director
• PAZ LÁZARO, Head of Programming for Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section
• UN-SEONG YOO, Programmer for the Jeonju Film Festival
Horizontes Latinos
• JUAN DIEGO BOTTO (Chairman), actor
• JAVIER MARTÍN, Head of Programming at the Forum des Images
• DANIELA MICHEL, Director of Morelia Film Festival
• MAIALEN LUJANBIO, bertsolari
• JOXEAN MUÑOZ, writter and script writter. He's now developing cultural projects.
Chairman of the Film Students Meeting Jury
• NICOLAS PROVOST, film director and visual artist
Further, in addition to the programme already announced in recent weeks, the Festival will include the following screenings and activities.

The Zabaltegi-Specials section at the 59th edition of the San Sebastian Festival will include the European premiere of the latest documentary directed by Jonathan Demme on the singer Neil Young.
NEIL YOUNG LIFE follows the two concerts given by Neil Young at Toronto’s Masey Hall in early 2011. This is Demme’s third feature on Young, having previously directed the documentaries Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) and Neil Young Trunk Show (2009), both presented at San Sebastian Festival.
Demme is also the director of films like Something Wild (1986), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Philadelphia (1993), The Manchurian Candidate (2004) and Rachel Getting Married (2008). Demme chaired the jury at the 56th edition of the San Sebastian Festival.

San Sebastian Festival’s 59th edition will include the presentation of the new animated production from the DreamWorks studio, PUSS IN BOOTS, a film about the adventures of one of the most popular characters in the Shrek saga. Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Billy Bob Thornton lend their voices to the heroes of the film.

Antonio Banderas will present a 20-minute preview of the film on Friday, September 23rd in the Kursaal Auditorium.
The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival presents two premieres specially designed for a younger audience: Suske en Wiske: De Texas Rakker / Luke and Lucy: Texas Rangers and Une vie de chat.

SUSKE EN WISKE: DE TEXAS RAKKER / LUKE AND LUCY: TEXAS RANGERS is a Belgian animation directed by Wim Bien and Mark Mertens. The film stars two inseparable friends who have to help the Texan Rangers in their struggle against an evil being who plans to take over the world. The film is the adaptation of the popular Dutch comic created by Willy Vandersteen in 1945 and subsequently published for years in 300 books.

As usual, every morning the Velodrome will host a screening for children corresponding to the programme established with local primary and secondary schools. This year, kids at these sessions will be treated to the film: Une vie de chat.

UNE VIE DE CHAT is a French animation production about the adventures of a cat with two lives: a girl’s pet by day, a thief’s side-kick by night. This is the first work for the big screen from Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alan Gagnol, two reputed creators in the animation field thanks to their shorts and TV series.
This year the San Sebastian Festivals is collaborating on several exhibitions organised by different bodies and institutions.

Organised by “La Caixa” Social and Community Project and NBC Photographie in collaboration with San Sebastian City Council and the San Telmo Museum, the exhibition Federico Fellini. El circo de las ilusiones will run at the latter from September 13th-November 13th.
Federico Fellini. El circo de las ilusiones reconstructs Fellini’s universe with approximately 400 pieces, including photographs, drawings, magazines, comics, posters, interviews and film excerpts – some previously unreleased. Considered to be one of the masterminds of cinematic modernity, Federico Fellini’s work takes absolute liberty in altering the rules of narration, desconstructing the story and redesigning film.
The exhibit is divided into four thematic areas portraying Fellini through his obsessions and sources of inspiration as the raw material of his creative process. Here we discover the mechanisms of Fellinian creation and look at his complete filmed work from a new angle, taking a broader approach to the 20th Century, the century of film, press, TV and advertising: the image factory.

Koldo Mitxelena Kulturenea presents José Antonio Sistiaga’s Reflections in an imaginary garden. Curated by Jean-Michel Bouhours, the exhibition will remain open to the public from June 16th until September 24th at the Koldo Mitxelena Kulturenea.
The exhibition Reflections in an imaginary garden brings a selection of around 100 works by one of the most original contemporary Basque artists of his generation. Born in 1932 in San Sebastian, José Antonio Sistiaga is a painter, illustrator and filmmaker in one. His interdisciplinary process has given him space to constantly renovate his artistic language in the field of abstraction. Influenced precisely by the founder of that movement, Wassily Kandinsky and, later, by the ‘informal’ trends of the 50s, the artist progressively turns towards compositions where form takes the back seat, leaving the limelight for the language of colour, light and movement.
The exhibition is designed around a central space to favour perspectives accentuating the interdisciplinary nature of Sistiaga’s work.

The open-air exhibition (between the Kursaal and People), Let’s Change the World! 50 Years of Amnesty International in Posters (1961-2011), will run from September 15th-30th.
For 50 years, always in the quest for freedom, Amnesty International has created many of the best remembered images against tyranny. Some of these images took their inspiration from specific acts of repression (and there are enough of these to keep the artists occupied for centuries), while others are more general, universal responses to the inhuman policies and conditions imposed by the different states.
Amnesty International celebrates its anniversary with this visual representation of these 50 years of work seeking to end the violation of human rights. Fifty years of fighting against injustice have proven that change is possible, and that people, united in joint action knowing no borders or beliefs, can achieve extraordinary things. Each person can make a difference, but millions of people united and rising together against oppression can change the world.

The Tolosa International Puppet Centre, TOPIC, will contribute to San Sebastian Festival for the first time, offering it one of its Museum’s most attractive places: the Shadow Corridor. During the Festival, this corridor will be dedicated to Chinese Shadows in celebration of the cycle “Digital Shadows: Last Generation Chinese Film”, organised by Zinemaldia. Visitors will therefore be able to admire a carefully-chosen selection of shadows rarely found outside China.
Further, Jia Zhangke’s film Unknown Pleasures (Ren xiao yao, 2002) will be screened at the TOPIC theatre-cinema on Tuesday. September 20th. Admission free.
The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will include galas at which the TVE and ETB television channels will present their new productions for the coming season.
The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will include galas at which the TVE and ETB television channels will present their new productions for the coming season.

ISABEL is a biography of Queen Isabella the Catholic, narrating her childhood, her arrival to the throne and the ins and outs of her reign alongside King Ferdinand. The series, directed by Jordi Frades, is a production by Diagonal TV for TVE. It stars Michelle Jenner and Rodolfo Sancho in the parts of the Catholic Kings. These two actors are joined by an extensive cast including Pablo Derqui, Bárbara Lennie, Clara Sanchís, Victor Elías, Pedro Casablanc and Ginés García Millán, among others.

URTAIN recreates the life of the man who went on to become European Heavyweight Champion, the portrayal of a true myth in the world of sport and a look at society under Franco. Directed by Andrés Luque and starring Roberto Álamo and Alberto San Juan, this is an adaptation of the play produced by the company Animalario and the National Dramatic Centre.
The first of these galas will include presentation of the “Otra Mirada” Award, an accolade highlighting films on subjects close to the world of women. A jury specially constituted for the occasion will grant the award to one of the films presented at the Festival in any of its sections. The “Otra Mirada” Award carries acquisition of the right to public communication on television of the winning film.
The ETB gala will also take place at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre and include the premiere of the 2-episode miniseries El precio de la libertad. Produced by Blog Media in collaboration with TVE and ETB, the miniseries will be broadcast first of all by ETB and later by TVE.

EL PRECIO DE LA LIBERTAD is a biographical portrait of Mario Onaindia, activist with the ETA terrorist group under Franco and leader of the Euskadiko Ezquerra party following the dictator’s death. It is directed by Ana Murugarren and stars Quim Gutiérrez, Andrés Herrera, Mikel Losada, Iñaki Rikarte and Leyre Berrocal.


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