The Basque country is no stranger to rain. The rain is relentless, pummeling cinephiles and surfers alike as they shuffle along the streets of the old city, nestled in a small cove along the Atlantic.
Perhaps in tribute to the rain-battered Basques, the 64th edition of Donostiako Nazioarteko Zinemaldia (International Film Festival of San Sebastián) was dominated by themes of grit, resolve and survival. This year's line-up also featured a richly diverse selection of works from both female directors and emerging voices— 20 of the 31 film awards went to first features.
Alongside the European-Latin American axis that characterizes the festival was a new trend— prestige Asian cinema. Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang took home the Golden Seashell for his social satire of a peasant woman's crusade against bureaucracy, I Am Not Madame Bovary.
Below are Filmatique's Top Films of San Sebastián 2016:
A Taste of Ink, Morgan Simon
Alba, Ana Cristina Barragán
El amparo, Rober Calzadilla
Anishoara, Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
The Cambridge Squatter, Eliane Caffé
The Giant, Johannes Nyholm
I Am Not Madame Bovary, Feng Xiaogang
In Between, Maysaloun Hamoud
El invierno, Emiliano Torres
Jesús, Fernando Guzzoni
Lady Macbeth, William Oldroyd
The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis, Andrea Testa & Francisco Márquez
Prowl, Alexandra Balteanu
Rara, Pepa San Martín
Retrospective of Jacques Becker
Summer Lights, Jean-Gabriel Periot
Interview by Dr. Loreta Gandolfi
Affiliated Lecturer in Film
University of Cambridge
Guest Curator, Filmatique