Thirteen productions from 15 countries are in the running for this year’s Kutxabank-New Directors Award at the San Sebastian Festival, Spain’s premiere film festival.

San Sebastian on Thursday unveiled its New Directors lineup of titles from first and second-time directors. The 2022 program features 12 debuts from across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Indian moviemaker Parth Saurabh heads to San Sebastian with On Either Side of the Pond, a drama that follows a couple forced by the economic difficulties caused by the pandemic to return from Delhi to their hometown, who sees their relationship start to unravel.

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European first-timers in the lineup include the 90s-set black comedy Carbon from Moldovan director Ion Borș, which won last year’s WIP Europa Industry and WIP Europa awards; The Great Silence from Danish director Katrine Brocks, the story of a novice nun who receives an awkward visit by her twin brother in the convent; Tobacco Barns from Spain’s Rocío Mesa, a magical realist tale set in tobacco drying rooms; Carmen Jaquier’s period drama Thunder, about woman’s emancipation in early 20th-century Switzerland; the survivalist feature Grand Martin by French-based Russian actor-turned-director Dinara Drukarova, who also stars as a woman who leaves everything behind to set sail on a fishing boat in the northern seas; and Carbide, the feature debut of Croatian director Josip Žuvan. San Sebastian previously announced that To Books and Women I Sing, the first feature from Basque director Maria Elorza, the story of an anonymous and unarmed legion of women who take care of books, will premiere at the festival this year.

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Turkish director Jeanne Aslan and French moviemaker Paul Saintillan will present their co-directed debut Spare Keys, the tale of a teenager who establishes a relationship with her girlfriend’s brother, in San Sebastian, as will Nicaragua’s Laura Baumeister, at the 2022 festival with her first movie, Daughter of Rage, a story about an 8-year-old girl who lives in a trash dump. Baumeister’s feature took the best project award at the VIII Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum (2019) and the WIP Latam Industry Award (2021) and was made with support from the San Sebastian Festival.

Asian entries include Jeong-sun, a Korean drama about a woman who becomes embroiled in a covert affair with a colleague at the factory, from director Ji-hye Jeong; Nagisa, a story of two siblings driven apart by death, from Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kogahara; and Roleless, from directing trio The directing trio Masahiko Sato, Yutaro Seki and Kentaro Hirase, which follows the trials and tribulations of a cable-car operator who side-lines as a film extra.

All thirteen films will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which comes with a cash prize of $56,000 (€50,000) to be divided equally between the director and the film’s Spanish distributor.

The 70th San Sebastian Film Festival runs Sept. 16-24

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