Films shot in Barcelona at the San Sebastian Festival


The contest starts on September 16

This year the San Sebastian Festival features many films shot in Barcelona, from the opening to the closing. We review them in this article.

The festival will open its doors with the inauguration and the out-of-competition screening of Prison 77 by Alberto Rodríguez. The film narrates the struggle of common prisoners in the 70s to demand amnesty. Based on a true story, Prison 77 was shot intensely in the Modelo prison in Barcelona, where the events happened. Performed by Miguel Herrán and Javier Gutiérrez.

Within the official section, you will see Wild Sunflowers by Jaime Rosales. The Barcelona director returns, after Petra, to shoot in our city. The film stars Anna Castillo and Oriol Pla. And it is the story of a mother of two who finds love, but also a complicated relationship that will make her flee towards a better future.

Also in the official competition section will be the premiere of La maternal by the award-winning Pilar Palomero, who is already fascinated with Las Niñas and is now back with her second film. Carlota Quílez and Ángela Cervantes are the protagonists. The film narrates the arrival of a young pregnant teenager at a center for girls in her situation.



In the Perlak section, you can see Good's Crooked Lines by Oriol Paulo, a director who regularly shoots in our city. This time it adapts the book by Torcuato Luca de Tena with the same title, with Bárbara Lennie and Eduard Fernández playing the protagonists. Lennie plays a private investigator who enters a psychiatric hospital feigning illness to investigate the death of an inmate.

In Perlak, we will also see the new film by Isaki Lacuesta, One Year, One Night. The film is about the attacks on the Bataclan venue in Paris. Based on the novel Paz, amor y death metal by Ramón González, it is performed by Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Noémi Merlant, among others.

Within the Made in Spain section, My Emptiness and I by Adrián Silvestre, awarded at the Malaga Festival, will be screened. The film stars Raphaëlle Pérez and tells the story of Raphi, who begins a gender transition and searches for his own identity.


As part of the out-of-competition screenings and within the TVE gala, Stories Not to Be Told will be screened, the new film by Cesc Gay, an ensemble film starring Antonio De la Torre, Maribel Verdú, José Coronado, Quim Gutiérrez, Belén Cuesta, Javier Rey, Verónica Echegui, Álex Brendemühl, María León, Chino Darín, Alejandra Onieva, Brays Efe, Alexandra Jiménez and Nora Navas.

Finally, the San Sebastian Festival will also close its 70th edition with a film shot in Barcelona: Marlowe by Neil Jordan, starring Liam Neeson in the role of the famous detective created by Raymond Chandler and who, in this case, adapts the novel The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of John Banville) based on the Philip Marlowe character.

As you can see, this year there is a big landing of films shot in Barcelona at the festival, which we will also be able to see in cinemas very soon.

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