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THE FRENCH DISPATCH directed by Wes Anderson
The French Dispatch directed by Wes Anderson

Two new films – Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog will compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award in the Perlak section at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition.

The French Dispatch, telling a story set in an outpost of an American newspaper, comes with an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Benicio del Toro. This will be Anderson’s first participation in the Perlak section.

The Perlak section will also include The Power of the Dog, shortly to compete for the Golden Lion at Venice Festival. Jane Campion’s new film, taking its inspiration from the homonymous novel by Thomas Savage, follows a confrontation between brothers embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, accompanied in the cast by Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Perlak is a selection of the year’s most outstanding features, not yet screened in Spain, and to have received critical acclaim and/or awards at other international festivals. The films compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award, including two prizes for the distributors of the film in Spain: one for Best Film (50,000 euros) and the other for Best European Film (20,000 euros).

THE FRENCH DISPATCH
Wes Anderson (USA)
Cast: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Christopher Waltz, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Lea Seydoux, Willem Dafoe, Liev Schreiber, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend

The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog
Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog. [Cr. Kirsty Griffin/NETFLIX © 2021]

THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jane Campion (New Zealand)
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

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