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Blogging from San Sebastian September 17-25, 2021

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 /Recap of 68th edition, video



The San Sebastien Fest gender identity report on the 68th edition selection and submissions

The San Sebastian Festival analyses the involvement of female directors, producers, scriptwriters, editors, cinematographers and composers in the films of the 68th edition The gender identity report detects a higher presence of female professionals in the selected films than in the total number of films viewed, but the percentage never exceeds 40% The San Sebastian Festival publishes its second gender identity report on the people who work – in the categories of directing, production, ...

San Sebastian Festival reveals “other approaches” in a pictures exhibition of the Festival’s early years

San Sebastian Festival, Kutxa Fundazioa and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola reveal “other approaches” to the Festival’s early years   The exhibition in the Kutxa Kultur Plaza consists of thirty photographs from the period falling between 1953 and 1970 The show is curated by the team of Zinemaldia 70: all possible stories, the research project sponsored by the Spanish lottery organisation, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado ...

The San Sebastian Festival, third most important initiative of 2020 Spain’s cultural panorama

The Culture Observatory at the Fundación Contemporánea has published the results of its analysis of Spain’s cultural panorama. The San Sebastian Festival has been ranked third most important cultural initiative at the end of 2020. The Festival's third place means moving up a position with respect to last year's ranking, which is once again headed by the Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. In third place is the Festival and four...

The San Sebastian Festival Director honored by France as Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres

The French Ministry of Culture names the Director of the San Sebastian Festival Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres José Luis Rebordinos places this honorary distinction within the context of his links to the French culture and filmmaking The French Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, informed the Director of San Sebastian Festival by letter of his appointment as Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Lettres of the...

Screenings at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition were attended by more than 66,000 people

  66,234 spectators watched 151 films from 50 countries at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, attended by 2,626 accredited professionals, including 689 journalists from 376 media outlets and 1,185 film industry professionals (487 of whom participated online).   In last year’s rundown we opened with references to record audience attendance (178,687 spectators in 2019) and accreditation numbers (4,319 in 2019). But even then we warned that it was difficult to grow f...

'Dasatskisi / Beginning' bags the Golden Shell, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at San Sebastian

  The French-Georgian co-production also wins the Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards The Silver Shell for Best Actor goes to the group of actors in 'Druk / Another Round' and The Special Jury Prize goes to the music documentary 'Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan' The Jury Prize for Best Cinematography goes to Yuta Tsukinaga for his work in 'Nakuko wa ineega / Any Crybabies Around?' The French-Georgian co-pro...

San Sebastian Film Festival 2020 announces Industry Awards

  WIP LATAM Awards   WIP LATAM INDUSTRY AWARD Piedra Noche / Dusk Stone Iván Fund (Argentina - Chile)   ...

Abel Ferrara will show ‘Sportin’ Life’ the surprise film of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition:

  San Sebastian Festival’s surprise film, to screen tomorrow, Saturday (Victoria Eugenia Theatre, 15:45), is Sportin’ Life, the latest work from Abel Ferrara, who will be here in San Sebastian to present it. During lockdown, the director of movies such as Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Funeral (1996) filmed a 68-minute documentary released at Venice Festival and featuring his wife, Cristina Chiriac, his daughter Anna and friends including actors Willem ...

Viggo Mortensen received the Donostia Award

“Life is a gift” Viggo Mortensen collects the Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival from the filmmaker Agustín Díaz Yanes Before introducing ‘Falling’, his directorial debut, the actor received greetings from the producer Jeremy Thomas, the footballer Beto Acosta and the director David Cronenberg     Today V...

San Sebastian Orona - Nest Award to CatDog and special mention to the Speech

  Francy Fabritz (Germany) Tomás Paula Marques (Portugal) Viktor van der Valk (Iceland) They decided to award the following short films with:     ORONA - NEST AWARD The award carries 10,000 euros. For its bold but intimate storytelling capable of suggesting the depth of fictional and also real power games.   ...

Rebels with a cause: fest honchos advocate for cinema during the opening gala

  “It’s time to return to the cinema” José Luis Rebordinos, at the opening gala of San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, said: “We have an unequivocal engagement to show films before a physical audience in film theatres” Thierry Frémaux: “Cinema will never die” Woody Allen: “I hope you like the film as much as we liked living and shooting it in San Sebastian” Rifkin’s Festival, the new romantic com...

Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon, Viggo Mortensen and Gina Gershon grace San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

  British actor Joe Alwyn completes the official jury chaired by Luca Guadagnino Elena Anaya, Candela Peña, Blanca Suárez, Paz Vega, Raúl Arévalo, Alejandro Sanz, Javier Cámara, Irene Escolar, Bárbara Lennie and Roberto Álamo are some of the Spanish cinema stars attendees currently confirmed   San Sebastian Festival will have at its 68th edition a long list of guests who will visit the city to accompany the films and projects i...

The concept of distance and the need to return to film theatres at the centre of the Festival opening gala

Jon Maya and Harkaitz Cano direct and write the opening and closing galas, as well as the Donostia Award and Basque Cinema galas The concept of distance, deeply felt in these times of pandemic, and the need to return to film theatres, are the central themes of tomorrow’s gala serving to open the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition at the Kursaal. The dancer and choreographer Jon Maya will act as MC, while the author Harkaitz Cano will produce the script. The tandem of creators ...

Top Conversations and Master classes at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

Aaron Sorkin, Francisco Ramos, Ted Hope and Marc Orts, leading figures of the Conversations and Master classes at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition Thought and Discussion, the Festival’s new area dedicated to promoting discussion on the cinema, will also include the European Film Forum, conferences and round tables All of the activities will be broadcast in streaming mode on       ...

San Sebastián welcomes Cannes labelled films

The San Sebastian Festival has included seventeen titles from the Cannes 2020 selection in its different sections Danielle Arbid, Šarūnas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, Dea Kulumbegashvili, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg will compete in the Official Selection ‘El olvido que seremos / Forgotten We’ll Be’ by Fernando Trueba will close the Festival   The San Sebastian Festival, the 68th edition of which will run from September 18-26, has included in t...

Sara Bilbatua will receive the Zinemira Award at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The casting director from Eibar will collect the award at the Basque Cinema Gala on September 22 Casting director Sara Bilbatua will receive the Zinemira Award given by San Sebastian Festival and the Ibaia and EPE/APV producers associations in recognition of an outstanding personality of Basque cinema. Bilbatua, responsible for the casting on more than 75 audiovisual productions in the last 25 years, will collect the award at the Basque Cinema Gala in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre on September...

European Film Forum Online Beyond Covid-19: Revitalising the European audiovisual industry

  Open and streaming broadcast   The coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival’s European Film Forum, running on Tuesday, September 22 from 15h.-16h45 and broadcast live on the Festival website, will reflect on the challenges and opportunities faced by the European audiovisual industry in the context triggered by Covid-19. It will also make an in depth analysis of how this situation is affecting the European audiovisual sector, which was alre...

Fernando Trueba will close San Sebastian with his film ‘El olvido que seremos / Forgotten We'll Be’

The Spanish director’s Colombian production is part of the Cannes 2020 Official Selection The international premiere of El olvido que seremos / Forgotten We'll Be, the Colombian production directed by Fernando Trueba and starring Javier Cámara, will close, out of competition, the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition. The film, an adaptation of Héctor Abad Faciolince’s homonymous novel, is part of the Official Selection o...

The San Sebastian Festival in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic

Reduction in capacity and films, online and staggered sale of numbered tickets:    Like so many other events in 2020, the San Sebastian Festival will be unable to run in the same conditions as in previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic obliges the Festival to adapt, with the focus on two priority objectives: in the first place, to create a safe environment and, in the second, to offer as pleasant a cinematic experience as possible. Among the main measures taken by the Festival, in co...

The company Amenabar renews its commitment to young audiences at the Festival

The youngest among us will be able to enjoy six films offered by the Festival’s Official Collaborator San Sebastian Festival will present a selection of six films especially intended for an audience of children which, for the second consecutive year, will be sponsored by the company Amenabar, which is in turn an Official Festival Collaborator. The section will include a total of five animated films and one combining real life images with animation. The former are Alfonbra magikoa&...

Seven feature films and the first episode of a series make up Made in Spain

The selection combines names of experienced filmmakers such as Icíar Bollaín and Santiago Segura with novices like Pilar Palomero and Nuria Giménez   Made in Spain, a showcase of the recent Spanish cinema to which the San Sebastian Festival offers a platform for international circulation, has selected eight productions – seven feature films and the first episode in the series Escenario 0 – for its 68th edition. The selection includes titles which have pa...

Luca Guadagnino will chair the official jury of San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The Italian filmmaker will be accompanied by Marisa Fernández Armenteros, Michel Franco and Lena Mossum ‘The World to Come’ and ‘Nomadland’ close the list of Perlak The Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will be the president of the Official Selection Jury at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition. The filmmaker, who will present the world premiere, out of competition, of the series We Are Who We Are,will be accompanied by the Spanish producer Marisa Fe...

Thirteen Festival titles will compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award in San Sebastian

A total of fourteen feature films, three short films, two series, one medium-length movie and a film at the production stage make up the Basque participation spread over different sections   Twenty-one titles – 14 feature films, three short films, two series, one medium-length movie and a film at the production stage – make up the Basque participation at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition – spread over the Official Selection, New Directors, Zabaltegi-Tabak...

Kiyoshi Kurosawa to open Perlak with 'Wife of a Spy'

  Maite Alberdi, Michel Franco, Eliza Hittman, Phyllida Lloyd, Maïwenn and Susanna Nicchiarelli join others to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award Perlak will also screen the debut films by Yoon Dan-bi and Florian Zeller Among the nine titles in the section are works selected by festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Deauville and Sundance Wife of a Spy, by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, will open the Perlak section, which at the San Sebastian Festival’s 6...

‘ARZAK Since 1897’ to open Culinary Zinema

The other world premieres in the section are ‘Camí lliure / Free Way (Vía libre)’ and ‘La receta del equilibrio’ The Festival will host the international premiere of ‘The Truffle Hunters’, screened at Sundance and included in the Cannes 2020 official selection Twelve renowned chiefs will participate in the themed dinners, which will take place at the Basque Culinary Center ...


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