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‘Tigers’ a true facts-inspired drama San Sebastian Festival reveals Zabaltegi lineup

 LOS ANGELES, Aug 27, (RTRS): Barcelona — Ulrich Seidl’s “In the Basement,” Kaouther Ben Hania’s “Challat of Tunis,” and Andrew Huculiak’s “Violent” will screen at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival’s Zabaltegi sidebar, section, which this year highlights a swathe of documentaries or non-fiction features -nine out of a nineteen total titles. Fest has also announced that “Tigers,” a true facts-inspired drama helmed by the Academy Award winning Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will round up its main competition lineup.

Exploring Pakistan’s fascination with Western pharmaceutical drugs, “Tigers” turns on a man who is shocked to discover the terrible effects of a baby formula he’s selling. “Tiger” is an India-France-UK co-production which will world premiere at Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema showcase. The Match Factory handles sales. Austrian weirdmeister, director of a landmark “Paradise” trilogy, Ulrich Seidl’s “Basements” depicts the singular relationships Austrians have with their lowest rooms.
Jour2Fete-sold “Tunis” is an acid mockumentary about the helmer’s search for a man who slashed 11 women from his motorbike. Ben Hani’s pic competed at Dubai fest and at the San Sebastian Fest’s Cinema in Motion in 2012.
Helmed by George Ovashvili, Karlovy Vary Grand Prix winner “Corn Island” is a psychological dramawhich focuses on an aged peasant, his obedient granddaughter and their relationship with nature. Georgia, Germany, France, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan partnersco-produce, an indication of Ovashvili’s cache.
Prolific Academy Award winning documaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) will in “Finding Fela” analyse the importance of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the Nigerian musician and human rights activist.
Production designer and art director Pierre-Francois Limbosch makes his feature debut will debut with the documentary “The John Malkovich Paradox,” a rumination about the US’ thesp, starting with Malkovich’s work with young actors while directing “Dangerous Liaisons” at the Theatre de l’Atelier in Paris.
US-Russia-produced “Red Army,” is a Gabe Polsky documentary about the Soviet ice hockey during the Cold War, and its hyping by Soviet authorities. In a sign of the film’s industrial pedigree, Wild Bunch sells; Sony Pictures Classics has already bought “Red Army.”
Mami Sunada’s “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness” turns on the renowned animation studio Ghibli, following the key Ghibli creative’s — helmer Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, among others — during a year while the studio complete two eagerly-anticipated films — “The Wind Rises” and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.”
Closer to fiction, Zabaltegi will include Signe Baumane’s tooner “Rock in my Pockets,” a surreal tale with autobiographical overtones. It nabbed a Fipresci prize at Karlovy Vary Fest.
Also repping fiction in Zabaltegi: the Moscow Festival winner for best film and actor, “My Man,” helmed by Kayuyoshi Kumakiri (“Hole in the Sky”), about the “Lolita”-ish relationship between a teenager who’s lost everything in a tsunami disaster and a 26-year-old distant relative; and “Violent” from Canadian first-timer Andrew Huculiak, which was presented at Karlovy’s Independent Camera showcase. It turns on a young woman recalling the memories of the five people who loved her the most, set against the dazzling Norwegian landscape.
San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi section comprises nineteen works; four of them -Spanish- were already announced in July: Virginia Garcia del Pino’s “Basilio Martin Patino: The Tenth Letter,” Pedro Gonzalez Bermudez’s “When Bette Davis Bid Farewell,” Borja Cobeaga’s “Negotiator,” and Franciso Sanchez Varela’s “Paco de Lucia: la busqueda.”
Showcase will also screen the NDM-sold Bruno Dumont four-part mini-series “Li’l Quinquin,” the first foray into comedy of his director. Finally, Zabaltegi includes three Spain’s shorts -Koldo Almandoz’s “The Last Flight of Hubert Le Blon,” Asier Altuna’s “The Field,” and Aitor Arregi’s “She Bought It In Zarautz.”
Fest runs Sept 19-27.
LOS ANGELES: The 2014 New York Film Festival will present a special screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, with writer-star Christopher Guest on board to appear at the event. The screening of influential mockumentary “Spinal Tap” — the latest in a string of NYFF anniversary fetes that has in previous years included “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Princess Bride” and “Dazed and Confused” — comes on the heels of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the org that presents NYFF, giving its annual Chaplin Award to Rob Reiner, the movie’s director (as well as the helmer of “Princess Bride”). Prior NYFF anniversary screenings have attracted the attendance of multiple cast members and creatives from the projects being screened; only Guest has so far been confirmed for the NYFF event. Date of the screening remains to be announced.
“Spinal Tap” joins a roster of NYFF special events that also encompasses screenings of John Boorman’s “Queen and Country,” Arnaud Desplechin’s “The Forest” and Paul Grimault’s restored animated pic “The King and the Mockingbird,” among others. NYFF organizers have also outlined the offerings on tap for its annual Convergence lineup of transmedia projects, presentations and public discussions. On the roster is a panel (featuring Morgan Spurlock) organized around short-film series “We the Economy,” as well as crossplatform presentations of new creative work such as Jake Price and Visakh Menon’s “Artifacts of Fukushima,” Theo Rigby’s “Immigrant Nation” and Nathan Punwar’s “Loves of a Cyclops.” The 52nd New York Film Festival, which launches with the world premiere of “Gone Girl,” runs Sept 26-Oct 12.

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