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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 https://youtu.be/QaoU9ZXi4Rg /Recap of 68th edition, video https://youtu.be/fktYpcd5wMc


 


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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 ...

Ziyang Zhou closes the Official Selection competition with ‘Wuhai’

‘Spagat / Grand Écart’, by Christian Johannes Koch, is the last addition to New Directors Zabaltegi-Tabakalera is completed with the feature film ‘Simon Chama / Simon Calls’, by Marta Sousa Ribeiro    The film Wuhai, by the Chinese filmmaker Ziynag Zhou, will complete the list of films competing in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, while Spagat / Grand Écart, by the Swiss moviemaker Christian Johann...

Nine productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico to participate in Horizontes Latinos

Amongst the candidates for the Horizontes Award are two world premieres and the same number of titles resulting from the Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum and Films in Progress Nine productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico with the participation of Germany, France and Spain will make up the Horizontes Latinos section of San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition...

Thirteen short films will participate in Nest, in a competition maintaining its format of physical attendance

The selection has been made from amongst the 348 works submitted by 165 film schools in 49 countries     The XIX edition of Nest, San Sebastian Festival’s international competition for short films by film students, has selected thirteen short films from amongst the 348 submissions received from 165 schools in 49 countries. The chosen works, seven signed by male filmmakers an...

WIP Latam to present six films from Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay

The San Sebastian Festival's new work in progress, which replaces the pioneering Films in Progress, will run online and physically on September 22, 23 and 24   Boreal by Federico Adorno (Paraguay - Mexico), Piedra Noche / Dusk Stone by Iván Fund (Argentina  - Chile), La Roya / The Rust by Juan  Sebastián Mesa (Colombia - France), El  empleado y...

Five projects on artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and mobile apps to compete in the Startup Challenge

  The selected proposals, coming from Spain, the UK, Norway and Germany, will compete for an award of 10,000 euros, free access during the first year to an incubation space at one of the Business Innovation Centers (BICs) belonging to the Basque Country Technology Park Network and access to funding of up to 500,000 euros Zinemaldia & Technology will be held online on Friday, September 25, and will include the presentations of the five finalist projects and a masterclass   ...

11 productions competing for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award

Eleven productions from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award Among the selected movies are several from the Festival’s work in progress projects A total of eleven productions from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award a...

‘Akelarre’, by Pablo Agüero, and ‘Courtroom 3H’, by Antonio Méndez Esparza, to compete for the Golden Shell

‘Akelarre’, by Pablo Agüero, and ‘Courtroom 3H’ (‘Sala de Juzgado 3H’), by Antonio Méndez Esparza, to compete for the Golden Shell at the Festival’s 68th edition Rodrigo Sorogoyen will participate out of competition in the Official Selection with the complete screening of the series ‘Antidisturbios’ The series ‘Patria’, created by Aitor Gabilondo, can be seen as a special screening   &n...

Willem Dafoe to feature on the poster of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition

The poster was created by the San Sebastian studio Patio based on an image by the photographer Martin Schoeller The North American actor Willem Dafoe (Appleton, Wisconsin, 1955) will feature on the poster of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, to run from September 18-26. In 2018 the Festival launched a new line of posters with a composition combining photography and illustration and presided over by a figure from contemporary cinema. The actress Isabelle Huppert opened the serie...

Gipuzkoa Coopera promotes cinema workshops to give a voice to students at risk of social exclusion

Almost 250 students from Argentina have participated since 2017 in this project promoted by the San Sebastian Festival and Gipuzkoa Provincial Council Some 250 young people have participated in the Gipuzkoa Coopera cinema workshops, a cooperation project promoted by the San Sebastian Festival and Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the aim of which is to foster audiovisual creation in schools with girl and boy students at risk of social exclusion.  For years now, different Development NGOs hav...

An exhibition in Artium will recall the 1977 edition of the San Sebastian Festival

  Letters, photographs, documents and audiovisual material will reconstruct an edition that brought about a radical change The show will run from september 9 until december 8     ...

Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg to compete in the San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection

Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg to compete in the San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection The debut by Dea Kulumbegashvili and the second film from Takuma Sato will also contend for the Golden Shell at the 68th edition   Established filmmakers including Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg will compete in the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition, which will also scr...

Ikusmira Berriak opens the seventh call for its residencies

The programme registration deadline is August 31 Today, the Ikusmira Berriak programme of residencies and audiovisual project development, organised by the San Sebastian Festival, Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), opens the call for submissions for its seventh edition.  Filmmakers from the Basque Country, Spain and other countries can submit their projects until August 31. The same applies to participants in the N...

Woody Allen’s new film, ‘Rifkin’s Festival’, will open the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Festival

The world premiere of ‘Rifkin’s Festival’, Woody Allen’s new film, will open the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Festival The romantic comedy, shot in San Sebastian, stars Elena Anaya, Louis Garrel, Gina Gershon, Sergi López, Wallace Shawn and Christoph Waltz The world premiere of Woody Allen’s latest movie, Rifkin’s Festival, will open, out of competition, the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Festival on September 18 in the Kursaal Auditorium. &...

Viggo Mortensen to receive a Donostia Award in recognition of his career

The North American actor will present ‘Falling’, his directorial debut, at the Festival’s 68th edition The actor and filmmaker Viggo Mortensen will receive a Donostia Award in recognition of his career at the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Festival, where the North American star will present the film Falling, his directorial debut. The movie, which closed the Sundance Festival and is one of those selected for the Festival de Cannes, will have its European premiere at San...

The San Sebastian Festival extends the film submission deadline until June 30

Given the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, the San Sebastian Festival has decided to extend the online submission period for the pre-selection of films for its 68th edition by two weeks. This means that films proposed for participation in any of the sections making up its programme can be submitted until June 30. The calls for submissions of films for Culinary Zinema (June 15), WIP Latam, WIP Europa and Nest (all three on June 1) maintain their initial dates. ...

We Are One: the first-ever co-curated programming lineup from 21 festivals including San Sebastian

We Are One: A Global Film Festival announces the first-ever co-curated programming lineup featuring 21 of the most prolific film festivals in the world 10-Day Digital Festival, Produced and Organized by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, will Feature Programming from Festivals including Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival Highlights Include Online Premiere of ‘Ricky Powell’ featuring Natash...

WIP Latam and WIP Europa, the San Sebastian Festival’s new works in progress, are born

Films in Progress and Glocal in Progress give way to two new programmes for films in post-production from Latin America and Europe respectively WIP Latam will have an award of 30,000 euros sponsored by EGEDA The San Sebastian Festival creates WIP Latam and WIP Europa, two new works in progress (WIP) for Latin American and European productions at the post-production stage. WI...

University of the Basque Country Summer Course ‘Critical approaches to film festivals’

The course  The San Sebastian Festival, the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa organise the University of the Basque Country Summer Course ‘Critical approaches to film festivals’ which will run from September 1-3 : registration on www.uik.eus   The San Sebastian Festival and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), created and financed by Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, will participate in the University of the Basque ...

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