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Blogging from San Sebastian September 20-28, 2019

Coverage Recap of 61st edition. Photo gallery 2013 Recap of 63rd edition, video I Recap of 64th edition, video I Recap of 65th edition, video / Recap of 66th edition



Films in Progress 36 presents six debut films

The industry activity, running on September 23, 24 and 25, will show productions from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay   Six debut films, have been selected for Films in Progress 36, from among a total of 185 productions. The debut films are El árbol rojo / The Red Tree by Joan Gómez (Colombia - Panama - France), Las vacaciones de Hilda / Hilda’s Short Summer by Agustín Banchero (Uruguay - Brazil), Madalena by Madiano Marcheti (Brazil), Nudo Mixtec...

ROMA by Alfonso Cuarón, FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019 for best film of the year

  ROMA has been chosen as best film of 2019 by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. The vote saw the participation of 618 critics worldwide, who chose this production from among all films released after 1 July 2018. The other finalists were Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory), by Pedro Almodóvar, for which Antonio Banderas won the best actor award at Cannes, Gisaenchung / Parasite, by Bong Joon-ho, Golden Palm at the Ca...

The San Sebastian Film Festival honours Donald Sutherland with the Donostia Award

The award will be presented prior to the screening of ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’, a thriller directed by Giuseppe Capotondi   The Canadian Donald Sutherland will be honoured with a Donostia Award recognising his more than fifty years of excellent performances. The actor, who has participated in almost 200 productions, will attend the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival on Thursday 26 September to receive the accolade prior to the screening in the Kursaal of The Burnt O...

Costa-Gavras to be honored at the 67th San Sebastian Festival

                                          Costa-Gavras, a French filmmaker of Greek origin, will receive the second Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival which, with this distinction, applauds the militant cinema of the author of movies including Z, Missing and Capital, with which he competed for the Golden Shell in 2012. The filmmaker will coll...

Penélope Cruz will receive a Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival

The Spanish actress, winner of one Oscar and three Goyas, star of the Festival poster   Penélope Cruz will receive the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival's 67th edition.The Spanish actress will be the protagonist on two occasions: she will receive its most important accolade, which has been recognising the career and contribution of great figures to the world of cinema since 1986, and her image will feature on the Festival poster. Pe...

Fourteen short films will compete in Nest Film Students, which has seen its submissions increase by 22% in a year

    The Argentine director Martín Rejtman will chair the jury at the XVIII edition of the international film students meeting, to run from September 23 to 27 The XVIII edition of Nest Film Students, the international film students meeting to take place in the framework of the San Sebastian Festival’s 67th edi...

Roger Michell’s ‘Blackbird’ to open the San Sebastian Festival

Starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska, the film is a remake of ‘Silent Heart’ (2014), the drama by Denmark’s Bille August, which also compete  for the Golden Shell Roger Michell (Pretoria, South Africa, 1956), a filmmaker settled in the United Kingdom, started out in cinema with films like My Night with Reg (1997) and Titanic Town (1998), although his first major success was Notting Hill (1999), a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant...

Spanish film to compete for the Golden Shell announced

The first work from Belén Funes, the new film by Goenaga, Garaño and Arregi, and the latest movie from Alejandro Amenábar make up the list of Spanish films competing in the Official Selection, where Daniel Sánchez Arévalo will present ‘Diecisiete (Seventeen)’ out of competition and ‘La odisea de los giles (Heroic Losers)’ by Sebastián Borensztein will have a special screening.               &nbs...

Perlak (Pearls) selection announced for San Sebastian Film Fest

Parasite, the feature film with which Bong Joon Ho bagged the Golden Palm in Cannes, headlines the first look ahead at the Perlak section alongside other titles presented both in the official competition of the French event and in its Un Certain Regard selection, as well as two films screened at the last edition of the Berlin Festival. These eight productions will compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award decided by the spectators.           &...

Films from San Sebastian Fest triumph in the 33rd Goya Awards

                Eight films presented at the last edition of the San Sebastian Festival were acknowledged with 16 accolades at the 33rd Goya Awards. El Reino (The Realm), selected for the Official Selection, was the big winner of the night with seven awards. The film by Rodrigo Sorogoyen won the awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Leading Actor (Antonio de la Torre), Best Supporting Actor (Luis Zahera), Best Editing, Best Sound ...

66th San Sebastian video gallery

Once finished the 66th San Sebastian Film Festival let´s have a look at all the filmstars invited                 Don't miss this video with photography by Ines Barreda, full of stars visiting San Sebastian Fest this year  video         ...

66th San Sebastian Film Festival 2018 Awards

Golden Shell for Best Film ENTRE DOS AGUAS (BETWEEN TWO WATERS) ISAKI LACUESTA (SPAIN) Official awards - FIAPF Entre dos aguas (Between Two Waters) Isaki Lacuesta (Spain)     Special Jury Prize ...

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San Sebastian announces the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Awards

  SONG FOR THE JUNGLE (Short film) JEAN-GABRIEL PÉRIOT  (FRANCE) Calais a few weeks before its clearing: The Jungle is a place where thousands of migrants live and wait to go to England, or just for somebody to take care of them. They wander in this abandoned place, hoping to survive our indifference.     SPECIAL MENTION     LOS QU...

17th Nest Film Students Awards in San Sebastian

  The Jury of the 17th International Film Students Meeting, consisting of students from centres in Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America; chaired by José Luis Torres Leiva has decided to grant the following awards: Panavision Award to the film: For showing us an insight into a child’s mind, confined in a world in which he finds himsel...

Robert Pattinson at San Sebastián film festival

The iconic actor is in town for his film High Life!   ...

Bradley Cooper in San Sebastian with "A Star is Born"

Bradley Cooper will attend the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival to present his first work as a movie director, "A Star is Born"   The American actor and filmmaker Bradley Cooper will attend the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival to present his first work as a movie director, A Star is Born. In the iconic love story A Star is Born, four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (Philadelphia, USA, 1975) makes his director...

Industry Awards 2018 in San Sebastian

    FILMS IN PROGRESS 34 AWARDS FILMS IN PROGRESS 34 INDUSTRY AWARD Ad Hoc Studios, Deluxe-Spain, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Video, Nephilim producciones, No Problem Sonido and Wanda Visión LOS TIBURONES (THE SHARKS), Lucía Garibaldi (Uruguay - Argentina) FILM FACTORY AWARD LOS TIBURONES (THE SHARKS), Lucía Garibaldi (Uruguay - Argentina)     GLOCAL IN PROGRESS AWARDS GLOCAL IN PROGRESS ...

Naomi Kawase cancels her visit to the San Sebastian Film Festival

by Bruno Chatelin Director Naomi Kawase who was expected to present her film Vision at the San Sebastian Film Festival had to cancel her visit to San Sebastian because of personal reasons. Naomi Kawasi regrets not being able to attend the festival and she wants to express her gratitude to the Festival for the selection of Vision at the official competition. The producer Marianne Slot and the leading actress Juliette Binoche will represent the film.     ...

Chris Hemsworth will attend the closing film night with "Bad Times at the El Royale" filmmaker Drew Goddard

Chris Hemsworth will attend the closing film night of the Festival’s 66th edition, together with "Bad Times at the El Royale" filmmaker Drew Goddard This is Goddard’s second film, following his first feature, The Cabin in the Woods     The actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) will accompany filmmaker Drew Goddard in the European premiere of Bad Times at the El Royale, which will close the Official Selection of the San Sebastian Film Festival’s 66...

The San Sebastian Festival opens today its 66th edition with humour

Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José and Borja Echevarría are responsible for writing and directing the ceremony   The opening gala will be broadcast live by La 2, ETB1,, and the Festival website.Actresses Nagore Aranburu and Belén Cuesta will take the gala through its steps at the opening of the San Sebastian Festival, tomorrow, Friday 21, at 21:00 in the Kursaal Auditorium. The gala has been written and directed by Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José and Borja...

Fourteen short films to compete in Nest Film Students, which has seen its submissions rise by 48% in a year

The 17th edition of the Meeting, to take place from 24-28 September at Tabakalera, will host the masterclasses given by Alexander Payne, Peter Strickland, Jaime Rosales, Albertina Carri and Virgil Vernier, who will also preside over the jury The 17th edition of Nest Film Students, the international meeting for film students running from 24-28 September in the framework of San Sebastian Festival’s 66th edition, has selected, from among the 305 works presented by 139 schools in 41 countri...

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