Małgorzata Szumowska’s Irish-Belgian co-production The Other Lamb has been added to the main competition selection for September’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival.

The Other Lamb is a haunting tale that follows a young woman, raised in a repressive cult led by a charismatic patriarch, who grows skeptical of his leadership after a supernatural event and begins to challenge his teachings.

Raffey Cassidy (Vox Lux), Michiel Huisman (The Haunting Of Hill House) and Irish actor Denise Gough (Colette) star in the lead roles.

The Other Lamb is the first English-language feature of Polish Silver Bear-winning director Szumowska, who is best known for The Body and Mug. The script, by Australian screenwriter Catherine S McMullen, was selected for the 2017 Black List.

Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Irish production company Subotica produce with Academy Award-nominated producer David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of U.S.-based Rumble Films, in association with Marie Gade Denessen of Denmark’s Zentropa, and in co-production with Belgium’s Umedia. Executive producers are Julia Godzinskaya and Will Norton of Rooks Nest Entertainment, Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films, and Adrian Politowski of Umedia The film is supported by Screen Ireland.

Szumowska’s inclusion brings the number of female filmmakers in the main competition at San Sebastian to six, just over one-third of the Golden Shell selections.

The Other Lamb will premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 5th to 15th. The San Sebastian Film Festival runs September 20th to 28th.

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