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Fifteen films to compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award

Zinemaldia

San Sebastian

08/17/2011

'Urte berri on amona!', by Telmo Esnal, 'Arrugas', by Ignacio Ferreras, or 'Americano', by Mathieu Demy' are some of the films that will contend for the Kutxa-New Directors Award.

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The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will present in the Zabaltegi-New Directors section titles from Iceland, Japan, Israel, Germany, South Korea, Chile, the USA, Austria and the UK, which join the three Spanish movies already announced: Ignacio Ferreras'' Arrugas (Wrinkles), Sandra Sánchez'' Tralas luces (Behind the Lights), and Telmo Esnal''s Urte berri on, amona!

All will contend for the Kutxa-New Directors Award along with another three titles in the Official selection: Americano by Mathieu Demy (France), Rampart by Oren Moverman (USA) and Take This Waltz by Sarah Polley (Canada).

Á Annan Veg (Either Way) is an Icelandic production directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, a dramatic comedy on the peculiar friendship between two youngsters who spend their time painting roads that no-one seems to use.

Emek Tiferet (A Beautiful Valley) by Hadar Friedlich is an Israeli-French co-production reflecting on the passing of time through an old woman who watches the kibbutz that has always been her home transform into a completely different reality.

Ending Note (Death Of A Japanese Salesman) is a Japanese production directed by Mami Sunada. This heartrending documentary follows the last months in the life of the director''s father, based on the diary he left after having been diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Hiung-Thu (Scars) is the second film from the South Korean LIM Woo-seong, a dedicated approach to the emotional sufferings of a woman with an unfaithful husband.

The German production The River Used To Be A Man (Der Fluss War Einst Ein Mensch), directed by Jan Zabeil, tells the story of a young German man lost in Africa.

Sentados Frente Al Fuego (By The Fire), by Alejandro Fernández Almendras, is a co-production between Chile and Germany. The movie narrates the moving love story between a man and a woman afflicted with a terminal illness.

The North-American production Silver Tongues, helmed by Simon Arthur brings the disturbing tale of a couple involved in an obscure game of destruction with the people who cross their paths.

Stillleben (Still Life) is an Austrian film directed by Sebastian Meise on the destruction about a family due to a disturbing observation of Bernhard, the son. His father approaches prostitutes he calls "Lydia".

Wild Bill, by Dexter Fletcher. The heartfelt comic tale of an ex convict out on parole who returns home to find himself landed with taking care of his teenage boys. Wild Bill is an independent British production and the directorial debut of Dexter Fletcher, an actor whose previous credits include The Elephant Man (1980), The Long Good Friday (1980), Revolution (1985), Caravaggio (1986), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Layer Cake (2004) and the TV series Band of Brothers (2001).

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