San Sebastian FilmFest
August 20, 2010
‘Chicogrande’ to open San Sebastian
Kim’s ‘Devil’ joins fest’s competish section
By JOHN HOPEWELL, EMILIO MAYORGA
MADRID — Mexican helmer Felipe Cazals’ “Chicogrande” will open the 58th San Sebastian Film Festival.
Part of Mexico’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, “Chicogrande” is set against Pancho Villa’s unexpected 1916 raid on New Columbus, N.M. outpost, and U.S. Gen. Pershing’s punitive expedition into Mexico to punish Villa, a divisive figure whom some regard as one of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution and others as an unprincipled cattle thief.
Cazals’ latest film, which plays in competition, follows on the Canana-produced omnibus feature “Revolucion,” first seen at Berlin, which offers bracingly revisionist takes on the Revolution.
The biggest film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian has also added three more films to its main competition: “I Saw the Devil,” Liu Hao’s “Addicted to Love” and Sophie Heldman’s “Colors in the Dark.”
A hard-boiled thriller, “Devil” is directed by South Korea’s Kim Jee-woon (“A Bittersweet Life”), whose rambunctious spaghetti Western-style “The Good the Bad and the Weird”was a hit at Cannes 2008, establishing Kim as one of Asia’s most sought-after helmers.
Both “Addicted” and “Dark” are, curiously, films from young helmers — Shanghai-born Liu, who won a following with “Two Great Sheep” and “Chen Mo and Meiting,” is still only 40, “Dark” is Heldman’s first feature. Both pics turn on a growing obsession for the baby boomers: later years’ love.
“Addicted” has a retired worker attempting to reignite his first love with a woman who now suffers from Alzheimer’s; “Dark” toplines Senta Berger (“Cross of Iron”) and German New Wave stalwart Bruno Ganz as loving but aging and suicidal spouses.
Fest runs Sept. 17-25.
August 24, 2010
“I Saw the Devil” invited to compete at San Sebastian film fest
Reporter: Lucia Hong Editor: Jessica Kim
Korean thriller “I Saw the Devil” has been invited to compete under the Official Selection category at the 58th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival next month, according to official website of the fest on Tuesday.
“Devil,” helmed by famed Korean director Kim Jee-woon, will be competing against 16 other movies by internationally recognized directors for the Golden Shell and Silver Shell awards at the fest to be held at San Sebastian, Spain from September 17 to 25.
The award is approved officially by the International Federation of Film Producers Association, an organization composed with 31 members from 25 of the leading audiovisual production countries, for best cinematography and screenplay.
Critically acclaimed Korean director Bong Joon-ho previously won the Golden Shell award for his 2003 film “Memories of Murder,” starring top Korean actors Song Kang-ho and Kim Sang-kyung.
While director Kim Jee-woon has attended numerous film festivals for his works such as “A Bittersweet Life” and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird,” this will be the first time attending the Spanish film event.
“Devil,” starring Lee Byung-hun who plays a secret agent who plots revenge against a serial killer played by Choi Min-sik, has garnered much attention from both fans in Korea and overseas. Since opening in local theaters on August 12, the pic has attracted over 1.2 million moviegoers which amounts to a gross of about 9.3 billion Korean won.
The films was pre-sold to France, England Taiwan and Turkey during the Cannes film market in May and has also been invited to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival under the Special Presentations category, which recognizes major films from famous directors.
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