December 9, 2013
Juan José Campanella’s 3D animation chosen as Opening Night FeatureFriday, September 20, 2013
Metegol kicks off San Sebastián Film Fest
Juan José Campanella’s 3D animated feature Metegol (Foosball), a runaway success in Argentina with nearly two million spectators, will be the opening night feature as the 61st edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival kicks off today. Metegol, dubbed into “neutral” Spanish with some typically Spanish idioms, is slated to be released commercially in Spain in December as Futbolín, as the table soccer game is known there.
The San Sebastián showing marks Metegol’s unstoppable international career — the animated feature has already been bought by distributors from seventy countries. The film will be released in English, Turkish, Russian and Korean dubs, among other languages.
Three other films from Argentina will be screened in San Sebastián: Lucía Puenzo’s Nazi-related story Wakolda (which opened yesterday in Argentina); Verónica Chen’s Mujer conejo, which will receive its world première in the Zabaltegui section; and Victoria Galardi’s Pensé que iba a haber fiesta. The latter two will be featured in the Horizontes Latinos section.
Although this is the first time in many years that Argentina will have no entry in the official competition, the fact that Metegol was chosen as Opening Night Feature amply compensates for the country’s absence in the main category. Indeed, Campanella’s movie will be the first Argentine production and the first animated feature to open the San Sebastián Festival, created in 1953.
Argentina claimed the festival’s top prize in 1992 with Adolfo Aristarain’s Un lugar en el mundo, and in 1998 with Alejandro Agresti’s El viento se llevó lo que.
“All film festivals tend to be very similar, that’s why you need to bring different movies and personalities. In this sense, San Sebastián has always been Latin American cinema’s gateway (to the rest of the world),” festival director and programmer José Luis Rebordinos said yesterday.
As proof of Rebordino’s contention, the Horizontes Latinos section will feature eleven movies from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay, all competing for a cash prize of 35,000 euros (US$47,448).
One of Horizontes Latinos’ highlights will be the documentary ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?, produced by and starring Mexico’s Gael García Bernal, about the tragic story of a Honduran immigrant who died trying to seek a better life in the US.
Features in the Cine en construcción section include Argentina’s Balneario La Salada, by Juan Martín Hsu; Pantanal, by Andrew Sala; and Historia del miedo, by Benjamín Naishat.
Thirteen entries in the Official Selection will vie for the festival’s top prize, the coveted Concha de Oro. French director Bertrand Tavernier will present his political satire Quai D’Orsai, Egyptian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will première Devil’s Knot, and Canada’s Denis Villeneuve will launch his latest opus, Enemy. Spain will vie for the Concha de Oro with Fernando Trueba’s Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados, Fernando Franco’s La herida, and Manuel Martín Cuenca’s Caníbal. Two Latin American productions will be in the run for the top award: Mexico’s Club Sándwhich, by Fernando Eimbcke, and the Venezuelan/Peruvian coproduction Pelo malo, by Mariana Rondón.
The Closing Night features will be Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, and Alex de la Iglesia’s comic romp Las brujas de Zugarramurdi.
The jury will be presided over by US film director Todd Haynes. Among San Sebastián’s jury members will be former Talking Heads leader David Byrne.
Personalities hitting the red carpet include Australian actor Hugh Jackman, US actors Annette Bening and Jim Broadbent, US filmmaker Oliver Stone, British director Terry Gilliam and UK writer Hanif Kureishi.
The Donostia Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Jackman and Spanish actress Carmen Maura.
The San Sebastián Film Festival runs September 20 through 29.
—Herald with Télam, online media