Three new competing titles have been added to the lineup of the Official Selection at the upcoming 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival taking place September 18 to 26, 2015. The Chinese director Liu Hao returns to San Sebastian with Xiang bei fang / Back to the North, five years after competing in the Official Selection with Addicted to Love; the Belgian moviemaker Joachim Lafosse will present his new film, Les chevaliers blancs / The White Knights; and Peter Sollett will bring to the Festival the film Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Josh Charles and Steve Carrell.
The New Directors section also added the Swedish production,Tjuvheder / Thieves Honor directed by Peter Grönlund, .
LES CHEVALIERS BLANCS / THE WHITE KNIGHTS
JOACHIM LAFOSSE (BELGIUM – FRANCE)
Joachim Lafosse brings to the screen the Zoe’s Ark controversy which made headlines in 2007: a story about the limits of the right of interference. Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, is planning a high impact operation: he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.
PETER SOLLETT (USA)
Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon, Steve Carrell and Josh Charles star in this film based on true events. The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defence, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
XIANG BEI FANG / BACK TO THE NORTH
LIU HAO (CHINA)
Xiao Ai is diagnosed with a terminal illness and does not have long to live. She is concerned that her parents will become a “lost family” and have no one to take care of them after her death, so she decides to persuade them to have another child… The latest film by Liu Hao, who competed at San Sebastian in 2010 with Addicted to Love.
TJUVHEDER / THIEVES HONOR
PETER GRÖNLUND (SUECIA)
An intense social drama about a woman’s struggle for survival on the margins of society. When street pusher Minna can’t pay her rent she cheats a few young criminals on a drug deal and takes the money. She happens to meet Katja, the mother of a child who has been taken from her by the social authorities.