In this competitive section, we will find directors such as the Spaniard Olivier Laxe, a young and already established talent of Spanish cinema, who is presenting his second film Mimosas, Grand Prix at the Critics´ Week in Cannes. Also, the controversial Albert Serra will present La Mort de Louis XIV, with which he won the prestigious Jean Vigo Award and in which Jean-Pierre Léaud, the sole protagonist, gives an unforgettable performance as the Sun King.
The Canadian director Xavier Dolan is presenting the French-Canadian co-production Juste la fin du monde, a family drama starring Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard and Léa Seydoux with which the established director won the Jury Gran Prix at Cannes. Whit Stillman, for his part, has adapted Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan into Love and Friendship, backed up by a cast of well-known faces led by Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.
For his third visit to SEFF’s Official Section, the Austrian Ulrich Seidl will compete in Seville with Safari, in which he turns his provocative and incisive view to the hunting by tourists of wild animals in Africa. The unmistakable stamp of Eugène Green will be present with Le Fils de Joseph, a comedy which premiered at the last Berlin Festival, and looks at paternity in a distinctive way, with references to the biblical tale and surprising situations. Kristen Stewart works again with Oliver Assayas in Personal Shopper, also in competition, an incursion into psychological terror that earned Assayas the Best Director Award at Cannes.
Of note in the New Waves section, which brings together the most ground-breaking directors of contemporary cinema on the old continent, is Ado Arrieta (Belle Dormant), a reference in the European underground. She will bring to Seville an anachronistic, dream-like Sleeping Beauty which reveals eccentric humour. Justine Triet evokes Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder and Blake Edwards as influences in her second film In Bed with Victoria, which is also her second visit to SEFF. The artifice of the new German cinema, Angela Schanelec, after her participation in the Official Section at Locarno, is more Bressonian than ever in The Dreamed Path, a reflection on disillusionment and the end of love.
New Waves/_No Fiction will include the first film directed by the novelist Jonathan Littell, winner of the Prix Goncourt for Les Bienveillants. It is Wrong Elements, a drama set in Uganda in 1989. Other directors who will show the limitless, multiform possibilities of documentary cinema are Rithy Panh with Exile, which looks at Cambodian guerrillas after the Vietnam war; or Rita Azevedo Gomes whose Correspondências flows from the thousands of ideas shared in the letters which the poets Jorge de Sena (in exile) and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen exchanged..
The XIII edition of SEFF will also dedicate Special Screenings to the French director, writer, producer and composer Bertrand Bonello, a regular at Cannes who participated in SEFF 2014 with Saint Laurent. After competing at San Sebastian with Nocturama, the filmmaker will present in Seville his films Cindy: the Doll Is Mine, Where the Boys Are and Sarah Winchester, Ghost Opera, a medium length film produced as a commission from the Paris Opera. Also, the Israeli director and writer Nadav Lapid, winner of the Silver Giraldillo in 2014 with The Kindergarten Teacher, will be present at this edition with the special screenings of Emile’s Girlfriend and the premiere of the medium length film From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer.