Silent Heart: August Bille’s Tale of Matriarch Last Weekend

San Sebastian Film Festival, the most prestigious film event in the Spanish-speaking world, unveiled Thursday the first seven international titles that will vie for the 2014 Golden Shell in competition.

They are Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bille August’s “Silent Heart,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” “Phoenix,” by Christian Petzold, Shim Sung-bo’s “Haemoo,” Michael R. Roskam’s “The Drop” and “Casanova Variations,” by Michael Sturminger.

Foreign-language Oscar and Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) will compete with his intimate drama “Silent Heart,” about a family who gathers for one last weekend with the family’s ailing matriarch, who plans to take her own life when the weekend is over.

The film toplines Paprika Steen (“The Celebration”), Pilou Asbaek (“A Highjacking”) and Danica Curcic, chosen as a 2014 European Film Promotion Shooting Star.