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A strong year for Brits in San Sebastian

Terence Davies in San Sebastian. Photo by Gorka Bravo

September 2015 | Spain

From high-profile gala premieres to a special award for Emily Watson, it's a big year for British talent and industry at Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Hot off the heels of their lauded showings in Toronto, Terence Davies’ Sunset Song, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and Rufus Norris’ London Road are now screening in official selection at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain.

Seeing 2000 members of the audience fall in love with Sunset Song moved Davies to tears. He’s a regular in the Basque culinary hotspot, having competed with The Deep Blue Sea in 2011 and had a retrospective of his work in San Sebastian in 2008.

Scottish writer/director Scott Graham also comes to town with his second feature Iona. His first feature, Shell, also played at San Sebastian in 2012.

Other UK productions include Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans; and co-productions include Benedikt Erlingsson’s The Show of Shows: 100 Years Of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals; Ben Sharrock’s Pikadero; Pierre Deschamps’ Noma, My Perfect Storm screening in the festival's Culinary Cinema selection; while in the Zinemira programme, shorts include UK co-production Foxes by Mikel Gurrea.

The National Film and Television (NFTS) is represented in the International Film Students Meeting with Nick Rowland’s short film Group B.

There are a number of high-profile guests, too. Emily Watson  will receive the prestigious Donostia Award; while London-based filmmaker Uberto Pasolini (Still Life) is serving on the official jury.

At the festival’s active industry programme, speakers include Liz Rosenthal from Power To The Pixel, Michael Gubbins from Sampo Media, and Chris Anderson from Muso.

British industry guests include Stephen Kelliher from Bankside Films, Carol Comley from the BFI, Ana Vicente from Dogwoof, Christophe Mercier from Fox Searchlight, Thorsten Schumacher from HanWay, Con Gornell from Warner Bros International and Fabien Westerhoff from WestEnd.

British Council is proud to have welcomed festival director Jose Luis Rebordinos and assistant director Lucia Olaciregui for selector screenings in London this summer – see more on our festival screenings programme here.