The Festival recovers the Klasikoak section with the screening of six titles, including two restored by Francis Ford Coppola and one by Tavernier
The Zinemaldia will honor Luis García Berlanga and Fernando Fernán-Gómez in their centenary with the screening of the films ‘That happy couple’, and ‘Death and the woodcutter’ and ‘Asylum’, within its Klasikoak section. The three films will be screened after their digitization and restoration by Filmoteca Española, in a section created in 2017 and which returns after its suspension last year due to the pandemic. At the 69th edition of the Film Festival, Klasikoak also includes two titles by Francis Ford Coppola, and two other recoveries of the filmographies of Bertrand Tavernier and Luis María Delgado.
Luis García Berlanga made his debut as a filmmaker with ‘That Happy Couple’ (1951), co-directed with Juan Antonio Bardem, and starring Fernando Fernán-Gómez and Elvira Quintillá, who give life to a humble Madrid couple whose dreams of well-being seem to come true when they win a contest sponsored by a soap brand.
The session will include a preview of ‘Death and the Woodcutter’ (1962), the third fragment of the collective film ‘The Four Truths’, based on Fables by La Fontaine. Here Berlanga, who considered this episode co-written with Rafael Azcona as one of the most grotesque stories of his filmography, tells the story of an organ grinder whose handlebars are seized for not having the documentation in order.
As for the centenary of Fernando Fernán-Gómez, the tribute will be completed with the screening of ‘Manicomio’ (1953), an adaptation of four stories by Poe, Kuprin, Andreiev and Gómez de la Serna that he co-directed with Luis María Delgado. Fernán-Gómez himself stars in this satire set in a psychiatric hospital whose cast also featured performers of the stature of Elvira Quintillá, Susana Canales, Julio Peña and María Asquerino.
American Zoetrope Studios has restored two films from Ford Coppola’s early career that will also be seen at Klasikoak. On the one hand, the section will show ‘The Rain People’ (‘It rains on my heart’, 1969), with which the Italian-American director won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Festival and opened new paths for a genre as American as the road movie. Starring Shirley Knight, James Caan and Robert Duvall, it was the first feature film written and directed by its director alone. And in addition, ‘The Outsiders: The Complete Novel’, an extended version of ‘The Outsiders’ (‘Rebels’, 1983), the adaptation of the novel by Susan E. Hinton, will be screened.
It is about the montage with 22 minutes more than in 2005, the director – Donostia Special 50th Anniversary Prize in 2002 – reintegrated into the film, with a new beginning and a new ending more faithful to the book. Coppola’s version enriched the characters played in his day by C. Thomas Howell, fellow Donostia Prize winner Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise, among other future stars, “according to marks the Festival. Additionally, the new montage includes a stunning new rock and roll soundtrack featuring six songs by Elvis Presley and other music greats.
Finally, Klasikoak will pay tribute to the recently deceased Bertrand Tavernier with the screening of ‘Ça commence aujourd’hui’ (‘Everything begins today’, 1999), an exciting look at the world of education that he won the Audience Award after his show at Perlak. The film will be presented by the director of the Cannes Film Festival and the Lyon Lumière Festival, Thierry Fremaux.
Tavernier, who died last March and “one of the most beloved filmmakers” of the San Sebastian competition, competed three times in the Official Section of the Festival with ‘Coup de torchon’ (‘Corruption’, 1982); ‘Capitaine Conan’ (Captain Conan, 1966), which achieved a Special Jury Mention; and Quai D’Orsay ‘(2013), which won the Jury Prize for best screenplay and the Fipresci Prize. In 1999, he chaired the Official Jury of the Zinemaldia, which took the opportunity to dedicate a retrospective to him. At Perlak Tavernier he was with ‘Laissez-Passer’ (‘Safe conduct’, 2002) and with ‘Holy Lola’ (‘Little Lola’, 2005), which again won him the Audience Award. His last participation in the Festival was in 2016 with ‘Voyage à Travers le cinéma français’ / ‘A Journey Through French Cinema’ (‘The films of my life, by Bertrand Tavernier’), which opened the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section.
Changes in the Korean cycle
On the other hand, the Zinemaldia reports that the Flowers in Hell retrospective. The Golden Age dedicated to Korean cinema will incorporate three titles to replace many others that will not be finally programmed for technical reasons. Instead of ‘Ma-ui gyedan’ / ‘The Devil’s Stairway’ (1964), ‘Gwiro / Homebound’ (1967) and ‘Hyu-il / A Day Off’ (1968), all three directed by Lee Man-Hee, The cycle will screen three dramas with a social background: ‘Lomaenseuppappa’ / ‘Romantic Papa’ (Shin Sang-ok, 1960), ‘Mabu’ / ‘A Coachman’ (Kang Dae-jin, 1961) and ‘Yeopansa / A Woman Judge’ (Hong Eun-won, 1962), which was one of the first films in the history of Korean cinema directed by a woman.