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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



Denzel Washington will receive the Donostia Award

Denzel Washington will be opening the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival with the European premiere of "The Equalizer", a film by Antoine Fuqua. The actor will receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award. The Equalizer, a film directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington, will be opening out-of-competition the forthcoming San Sebastián Festival on the 19th of September. Actor and director will be presenting the film in the Kursaal Auditorium. In 2001, Fuqua dir...

Poster competition for San Sebastian 62, the Finalists

Public announcement of the winning posters: May 9 A jury will choose the winning posters for each section amongst the all the finalist selected on April 2. On April 4 the decision will be communicated to the winners. The decision will be publicly announced at a press conference called by the San Sebastian Festival on 9 May. At this press conference, all of the prize-winning works will be presented to the media. That the same day, the announcement will be...

The 62nd San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a retrospective to the filmmaker Dorothy Arzner

Picture in high resolution  Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979) was one of a kind in the history of American cinema, the only woman to carve out a professional career as a director in Hollywood’s Golden Age. In its 62nd edition, the San Sebastian Festival pays homage to the work of Arzner, today considered a pioneer in women’s incorporation to the film industry, proclaimed as a filmmaker of strong style and personality for which she earned undeniable prestige within the Hollywood studio system....

The 62nd San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a cycle to new cinematic proposals from Eastern Europe

    Picture in high resolution  Eastern Promises. Portrait of Eastern Europe in 50 films is the title of one of the retrospectives at this year’s 62nd San Sebastian Festival. A look at movies produced since 2000 in the countries that lived under Soviet influence post-World War II. A cycle to discover the creative wealth of these film industries and the new talents that have emerged in the last decade, putting an end to all kinds of prejudices and stereotyped images and bring...

Dallas Buyer’s Club wins Sebastiane Award 2013

GEHITU, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual´s association of the Basque Country has decided to grant the SEBASTIANE 2013 award to the movie Dallas Buyer’s Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, and screened in the Pearls section of the 61 San Sebastian Film Festival. According to the Jury, consisting of the members of Gehitu Igor Blanco, Joseba Errekalde, Juanjo Arin, Nicolás Subirán, Javi Irigoien, Joaquín Garrido, chaired by Pavel Cortés (direct...

Watch the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival photo gallery

  You may watch the 61st San Sebastian photo gallery here: Enjoy!! ...

DONOSTIA Award Ceremony ''Hugh Jackman'' video tribute

Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of Grace McNeil (née Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-trained accountant.[5][6] His parents were English-born, and had come to Australia, in 1967, as part of the "Ten Pound Poms" immigration.[6] One of Jackman's paternal great-grandfathers was Greek.[7] His parents were devout Christians, having been converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after their marriage.[6]&nbs...

DONOSTIA Award Ceremony ''Carmen Maura'' video tribute

Maura began her career as a cabaret singer. Maura's film career was launched in 1970 with an appearance in the film The Man in Hiding. This was followed by a major role in the 1977 film Tigres de papel. Although Maura has played dramatic roles, she is often noted for her comedic roles in films like Sal gorda (1984), Sé infiel y no mires con quién (1985) or Tata mía (1986). Maura appeared in the first film by Pedro Almod&oac...

The winners of San Sebastian 61st edition

  AWARD-WINNERS 61st EDITION   OFFICIAL SELECTION AWARDS   GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM Pelo malo (Bad Hair) Mariana Rondón (Venezuela-Peru-Germany) The third film from the filmmaker and plastic artist Mariana Rondón stars Junior, a 9 year-old with "bad hair". He wants to have it straightened for his yearbook picture, like a fashionable pop singer. This puts him at odds with his mother Marta. The mor...

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First Awards. 61 edition San Sebastian Film Festival

    FIRST AWARDS. 61 EDITION SAN SEBASTIAN FESTIVAL     WUAKI.TV AUDIENCE AWARD   Soshite chichi ni naru / Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan) Two years after presenting Kiseki / IWish at the Festival, Hirozaku Kore-eda returns to San Sebastian with his latest film, winner of the Jury Award at the last Festival de Cannes. This time Kore-eda tells the story of a man who must make a life-changing deci...

PELO MALO receives the Golden Shell for best film in San Sebastian

  Written and directed by Mariana Rondón, starring Beto Benites, Samantha Castillo, Samuel Lange Zambrano...(Venezuela) A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.   ...

Hugh Jackman, received the Donostia Award

The Australian actor was awarded last night at the 61st San Sebastian Festival. Hugh Jackman is an Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe -and Tony Award- winning performer who got the souls of donostiarras. Handsome, funny, sweet, etc… Wolverine recognized that he loved San Sebastian before coming because his wife, also was awarded here many years ago with a Silver Shell. After the Gala Award,there was a special screening of the latest work in which he plays the lead, Prisoners....

12th International Film Students Meeting Awards in San Seabastian

  The Jury of the 12th International Film Students Meeting, consisting of students from centres in Argentina, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Lithuania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and United States; chaired by the Amat Escalante has decided to grant the following awards: Panavision Award and FREAK Independent Film Agency Award to the film: Escenas previas, Aleksandra Maciuszek Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) The Panav...


If you have problems reading this e-mail click here 09 / 27 / 2013 Follow us       Savage Cinema has taken its first steps at this 61st edition with six adventure and action sports films well received by the Festival audience and sports enthusiasts. And there´s still another night to go: BIG FRIDAY, a not-to-be-missed get-together with some of the world´s most spectacular mountains in the Velodrome for ...

Helena Bonham Carter misses the 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival

    Helena Bonham Carter, announced to attend the presentation of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet at the closing gala, is unable to accept the Festival’s invitation due to incompatibilities with her professional agenda. The screening of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet on 28 September will be introduced by its director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and its leading character, Kyle Catlett, at both the Kursaal Auditorium and the Velodrome.   ...


  EUROPE-LATIN AMERICA CO-PRODUCTION FORUM AWARD 2013 FOR THE BEST PROJECT   EUROPE-LATIN AMERICA CO-PRODUCTION FORUM AWARD 2013 FOR THE BEST PROJECT “EL ACOMPAÑANTE” directed by Pavel Giroud and produced by Areté Audiovisual (Cuba-France) Sponsored by EGEDA, (Audiovisual Producer’s Rights Management Association) SPECIAL MENTION TO THE PROYECT “LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA” directed by César Augusto Acevedo and produced by Burning Blue (Colom...

Savage Cinema kicks off with the presence in San Sebastian of major athletes and filmmakers in the action sports film world

  Savage Cinema, the section dedicated to action and adventure sports films, turns the spotlight on San Sebastian, converted for a few days into a meeting place between cinema, sport and the general public. The first to arrive in the city were Dave Rastovich and Chris del Moro, two of the big names in the cast of Bella Vita, stars of surf worldwide, who visited the revolutionary Wavegarden artificial wave installation, with the result of the video accompanying this note. We will see them ...

LA SALADA,Films in Progress 24 Industry Award

                LA SALADA, Juan Martín Hsu (Argentina) Daniel Goldstein , Deluxe-Spain, Dolby, Laserfilm , Nephilim producciones, No Problem Sonido and Vértigo Films.   Created in 2002 thanks to collaboration between the San Sebastian Festival and the Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse, the Films in Progress section was born with the intention to back Latin American film production ...


                                    EUROPE-LATIN AMERICA CO-PRODUCTION FORUM AWARD 2013 FOR THE BEST PROJECT “EL ACOMPAÑANTE” directed by Pavel Giroud and produced by Areté Audiovisual (Cuba-France) Sponsored by EGEDA, (Audiovisual Producer’s Rights Management Association) SP...

The II Europe-Latin America Co-production kicks off in San Sebastian

  Three days of round tables, networking and meetings between creators, producers and distributors The opening ceremony in the cloister of San Sebastian´s San Telmo Museum was attended by the Mayor of San Sebastian, Juan Karlos Izagirre, the Minister for Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantxa Tapia, the Director of the San Sebastian Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, and the Director of Programmes at, Francisco Javier García Vieira.  I...

The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival kicked off

  The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival kicked off at 9 p.m. on September 20 with the opening gala at the Kursaal Auditorium presented by the actors Cayetana Guillén Cuervo andUnax Ugalde. Important faces from the international cinema world will come to San Sebastian to celebrate the start of an intense week of activities, screenings and events with the focus on film:  Annette Bening will present The Face of Love, opening film...

Carmen Maura to receive a Donostia Award

CARMEN MAURA Sunday 22   The 61st San Sebastian Film Festival will be presenting the actress Carmen Maura with a Donostia Award, as a tribute to one of the most outstanding professional careers in Spanish cinema in the last few decades. The actress will receive her lifetime achievement award on Septembre 22, during the out-of-competition Official Selection presentation of her latest participation, Las ...

La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitre 1&2 wins FIPRESCI Award

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) grants its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitre 1&2, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche.. The award is the result of the votes cast by 245 critics worldwide, members of FIPRESCI, for titles premiered during the previous twelve months. The prize will be awarded to the director of the film, Abdellatif Kechiche and its producer, Brahim Chioua, at the opening gala of the 61st edition of the Sa...

Hugh Jackman, Donostia Award at the 61st San Sebastian Festival

The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival will present its Donostia Award to one of today's best known film stars, Hugh Jackman. The actor will receive the Award on September 27 prior to the special screening of the latest work in which he plays the lead, Prisoners. Hugh Jackman is an Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe -and Tony Award- winning performer who has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front...


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