Sebastian Lelio, Hong Sang-soo Ulrich Seidl San Sebastián Competition:

Sebastian Lelio’s Wonder, starring Black Widow’s Florence Pugh, Winter Boy, starring Juliette Binoche and directed by Hong Sang-soo and Ulrich Seidl, will compete in the main competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September, the largest film festival in Spain. talking world.

In Wonder, the latest film from Oscar-winning director Lelio (“A Fantastic Woman”), Pugh plays an English nurse who was brought to the Irish Midlands in 1862 to observe the supposed miracle of girls going months without food got along.

Binoche stars in Winter Boy by the resilient French auteur Christophe Honoré, who won Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2019 with On a Magical Night. Hong Sang-soo, the prolific South Korean director, will present Walk Up, a film that purportedly offers a gentle, delightful new perspective on issues dear to its poetics.

Seidl’s “Sparta” is part of a diptych with “Rimini”, the candidate for the Berlin competition 2022, both films are about men who cannot escape their past.

The 12 competitive titles announced by San Sebastian on Tuesday join its four Spanish contenders unveiled last month.

A brief breakdown of the new competition entries:

San Sebastian Main Contest: Newly Announced Titles

“Il Boomo”, (Petr Václav, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia)

The passions and ambitions, breakthrough and tragic fall of Czech opera composer Josef Mysliveček, a mentor to Mozart. Directed by the Czech Václav (“Parallel Worlds”, “We Are Never Alone”).

“Forever”, (“Rest Af Livet”, Frelle Petersen, Denmark)

The 2019 Tokyo Grand Prix winner’s second feature film, Uncle, is the story of a family in tranquil central Denmark who are suddenly confronted with a seemingly unbearable tragedy.

“Great Yarmouth – preliminary figures”, (Marco Martins, Portugal, France, United Kingdom)

A fictionalized account of the new wave of immigration encapsulated by the diaspora of Portuguese workers in food processing plants and caravan parks in unemployment-ravaged Great Yarmouth. One, Tania, is now fighting for British citizenship and a proper job on the eve of Brexit.

“Hundred Flowers” (“Hyakka”, Genki Kawamura, Japan)

The debut film from Genki Kawamura, producer of Your Name. As his mother, diagnosed with dementia, falls into oblivion, son Izumi discovers the life she lived without him. Adaptation of the director’s own novel, a potentially intense son-mother drama.

“The Kings of the World” (“Los Reyes del Mundo”, Laura Mora, Colombia)

Mora’s long-awaited sequel to 2017’s Killing Jesus, joined by producer and director Cristina Gallegos (Birds of Passage), the imaginative tale of five street kids from Medellín who migrate to the mountains to find a promised land

“porn melancholy”, (“Porno melancolia”, Manuel Abramovich, Argentina)

The latest documentary from Argentinian Manuel Abramovich, winner of the 2019 Berlinale Silver Bear for Blue Boy, stars Lalo, an unlikely sex influencer living in the mountains of southern Mexico.

“Runner,” (Marian Mathias, USA, Germany, France)

Brooklyn-based Mathias’ vibrant feature film debut was made in a 2018 residency at the Cinéfondation in Cannes and explores the relationship between Hass and Will, long-lost souls in America’s vast Midwest.

“Sparta”, (Ulrich Seidl, Austria)

A companion piece to Seidl’s Berlin competition entry “Rimini” with George Friedrich as Ewald, a man who makes a fresh start in Romina but remains haunted by his past.

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“The replacement,” (“El Suplente”, Diego Lerman, Argentina)

Presented at the 2019 San Sebastian Co-Production Forum, where it was seen as a potential step into the mainstream for Lerman (“Suddenly”), a leading figure in new Argentine cinema. Produced by Nicolás Avruj at Campo Cine, the hopeful drama is set in a high school in the violent, marginalized outskirts of Buenos Aires.

“go up”, (“Up”, Hong Sang-Soo, South Korea)

The prolific director’s second feature film in 2022 following Berlin Silver Bear winner A Novelist’s Tale and already selected for Toronto. An interior designer introduces a middle-aged film director and his estranged daughter, floor by floor, to their home.

“winter boy”, (Christophe Honore, France)

Directed by Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lacoste (“The French Kissers”), feared French author Honoré’s 14th feature (“On a Magical Night”) centers on a high school student in crisis.

“The wonder,” (Sebastian Lelio, Chile)

Starring Florence Pugh, Ciarán Hinds, Niamh Algar and Tom Burke, the first Netflix production commissioned by Fiona Lamptey outside the UK, this is a psychological thriller set in the Irish Midlands in 1862 and in which Pugh plays an English woman plays nurse who was brought in to witness the supposed miracle of girls going months without food.

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