The San Sebastián Film Festival has announced today the first six titles to compete for the Golden Shell in the official selection for its 61st edition. The lineup includes the newest films by Mexican director Fernando Eimbcke and Venezuelan director Mariana Rondón.
Club Sándwich (pictured), the third feature by Fernando Eimbcke (Duck Season, Lake Tahoe), revolves around a mother, Paloma, and her teenage son, Hector, who have a strong and special relationship. While on holiday on the seaside, Hector meets a girl with whom he has his first experiences of love and sexuality. Paloma must begin the process of accepting her son is growing up and can longer be the best friend he has been to her for so many years.
Venezuelan film, Pelo Malo / Bad Hair, is also director Mariana Rondón's third feature (At Midnight and a Half, Postcards from Leningrad) and revolves around Junior, a nine year-old boy with "bad hair" who's efforts to smooth it down for the school picture incur the wrath of his mother Marta, a widow. His paternal grandfather and mother are also engaged in argument when he suggests the boy stay with him on a permanent basis.
More titles will continue to be announced in the coming weeks. The San Sebastián Film Festival will run from September 20th through the 28th in Spain.