Saturday, August 22, 2009

Egoyan’s Chloe to open San Sebastian festival

Canadian director Atom Egoyan's psychological thriller, Chloe will open the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival next month in Spain, organizers announced Friday.

The film, which stars Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, will be one of 15 movies competing for the Golden Shell award, the highest prize given at the festival.

One of the most prestigious film festivals, San Sebastian takes place in September in the northern Spanish city.

Egoyan, who was raised in Victoria, B.C., is known for his contemporary style. He has directed such films as Exotica and The Sweet Hereafter, which earned him an Oscar nomination for best director.

His most recent film Chloe focuses on a woman who believes her husband is having an affair. She tries to learn whether he is being unfaithful by hiring a female escort to seduce him, which leads to negative consequences.

First established in 1953, the San Sebastian International Film Festival originally honoured Spanish language films. The festival changed this in the late 50s and has since allowed films of other languages to be eligible for consideration.

Other films that are set to screen at the event include the American feature Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival runs from Sep. 17-26

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