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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



Made in Spain, a look at the Spanish productions in San Sebastian Film Festival

Made in Spain is a non-competitive selection showcasing Spanish films of the year, including productions previously premiered or not in Spain. The Festival offers these films an excellent international launch-pad. Eleven films will be shown at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival starting September 20 until September 28. Some of these film have been awarded and presented in Malaga;Berlin,Toronto and Cannes Festivals.   15 aÑos y un día - Gracia Querejeta Los amantes pa...

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet to close San Sebastian Festival

The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival will come to a close on September 28 with the world premiere of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. The film is the latest work from the French moviemaker, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, creator of one of the great classics of contemporary cinema, Amelie (2001), and helmer of titles such as Delicatessen (1991), La cité des enfants perdus (The City of Lost Children, 1995) – both in collaboration with Marc Caro – Alien Resurrection (1...

Campanella´s `Futbolin´ to open San Sebastian Festival

At its opening gala on 20 September, the 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival will present the international premiere, out-of-competition, of Futbolín, an animated film directed by Juan José Campanella. Metegol is the original title of this Argentinian movie that has become a real blockbuster with over 1.365.944 spectators in its third week and obtained better figures than The Smurfs 2 for example. Futbolín is a game known as table football or foosball (USA). It c...

Six titles added to the San Sebastian Official Selection

Yet another year, important filmmakers from all over the world will compete for the Golden Shell at the new edition of the San Sebastian Festival, to take place from 20-28 September. François Dupeyron, Fernando Eimbcke, Roger Michell, Mariana Rondón, Bertrand Tavernier and Jonathan Teplitzky among the directors to compete in the Official Selection at the 61st San Sebastian Festival. Club Sándwich - Fernando Eimbcke (México) Mon âme par toi guérie - F...

II.Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum at San Sebastian Festival

This second edition of the Forum will run for 3 days-23, 24 and 25 September- to coincide with Films in Progress, dates on which San Sebastian will celebrate an enormous coming together between members of the audiovisual industry. 16 projects in development from 15 countries will participate in the II Forum. The 16 projects have been selected from among the total of 160 submitted from 24 countries, mostly in Latin America. The Selection Committee made specific mention of the high standard of ...

Spanish productions at the San Sebastian Festival

      Spanish film is back as one of the stars of the San Sebastian Festival. The 61st edition of the event will pay tribute with a Donostia Award to the actress Carmen Maura, recognising one of the most remarkable professional careers in the Spanish cinema of recent decades. The actress will receive the lifetime achievement award during presentation in the Official Selection, out-of-competition, of her latest participation: WITCHING AND BITCHING (Las brujas de Zugarra...

Third edition of “Culinary Zinema: Film and Gastronomy”

The Basque Culinary Center, the San Sebastian Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival presented the programme of the “Culinary Zinema: Film and Gastronomy” section. The press conference was attended by Thomas Struck, head of the “Culinary Cinema” section of the Berlin Festival, Joxe Mari Aizega, director of the Basque Culinary Center, and José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian Festival. This year’s programme includes seven films fo...

The San Sebastian Festival presents the results of its economic impact study

The Director of the San Sebastian Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, has presented, with Iñigo Arteche, Director of Assessment and Consultancy at IKERTALDE, the economic impact study carried out on the Festival by the company. Among the data and conclusions of the study are: The San Sebastian Festival is an SME (small and medium enterprise) with a team of 642 people during the event. A 12-month calculation of the time worked by these people shows that the Festival is a stable orga...

San Sebastian Film Festival posters

The new image for the 61st edition of the San Sebastian Festival was unveiled after the competition, open to graphic designers the world over, received 1,046 proposals from 327 authors. In the Official poster category, “Óptico”, by the Catalan designer and photographer Toni Pontí, who also won last year with his proposal for the Horizontes Latinos poster. Toni Pontí tells us the story behind this year’s official poster: &quo...

Nominees to the 27th Goya Awards

Nominees to the XXVII Goya Awards Today at the Academy of Cinematographic Sciences in Madrid, Goya awards winners, Elena Anaya and Antonio de la Torre joined Enrique Gonzalez Macho,President of the Academy in the reading of the nominees to the 27th Goya Awards. A happy Antonio de la Torre received two nominations in two different categories. Also special was the nomination of a mother and her two children. Paco León, a famous tv actor in Spain directed his first film Carmina o revien...

XVIII Forqué Awards

Named after the great Spanish producer Jose María Forqué, these awards are the first of the year in Spain and they always give us a hint of what we can expect on the Goya Awards. Nominees for the XVIII Forque Awards are: BEST FILM BLANCANIEVES (Snowhite) GRUPO 7 (Unit 7) LO IMPOSIBLE (The Impossible) EL ARTISTA Y LA MODELO (The artist and the model)   BEST ACTOR ANTONIO DE LA TORRE – GRUPO 7 JEAN ROCHEFORT – EL ARTISTA Y LA MODELO JOSE SACRISTAN &ndash...

`The Impossible´ becomes the biggest opening in Spanish box office ever

Juan Antonio Bayona's, The Impossible, broke all-time Spanish box office records for the biggest four-day opening, with 10.3 million euros and 1.4 million tickets sold.   When we attended the European premier of the film at the San Sebastian film festival, we knew that we were watching something big.   The Impossible, is a drama based on a true story of one family’s terrifying account of the 2004 tsunami and the compelling events as they fought to survive in the face of dis...

A brilliant edition of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival

It is time to give a note to the 60th San Sebastian Festival and this can only be magnificent! A merited A, like the category it holds.  Like Cannes, Venice or Berlin but whereas Cannes has a budget of 20M Euros, San Sebastian has to deal with 7.4M Not always a film festival combines high quality of films in all sections (official, New directors, Zabaltegi-Perlas, Horizontes Lations,etc…)  with a glamorous red carpet (Gere,Sarandon,Travolta,Hoffman,McGregor,Affleck,Bellucci,P...

DUSTIN HOFFMAN Special Donostia Award 60 Anniversary

This year’s San Sebastian Festival closed with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award to Dustin Hoffman, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and with a brilliant career behind him. Hoffman also was chosen to close the Festival with his directorial debut: Quartet, on which the actor steps behind the camera to direct a splendid cast headlining Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Tr...

Dustin Hoffman, Special Donostia Award 60 Anniversary

This year’s San Sebastian Festival closed with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award to Dustin Hoffman, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and with a brilliant career behind him. Hoffman also was chosen to close the Festival with his directorial debut: Quartet, on which the actor steps behind the camera to direct a splendid cast headlining Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, ...

San Sebastian 60th offered it's prizes, François Ozon takes golden shell


François Ozon wins the Golden Shell in San Sebastian Fest

Unusual coincidence between public,jury and press at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Here they are! the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival Awards   OFFICIAL SELECTION   GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM DANS LA MAISON,François Ozon SPECIAL JURY PRIZE BLANCANIEVES,Pablo Berger   SILVER SHELL FOR BEST DIRECTOR FERNANDO TRUEBA, El Artista y la Modelo   SILVER SHELL FOR BEST ACTRESS ex-equo MACARENA GARCIA, Blancanieves       &nbs...



Klaus Eder gives his impressions on this year's San Sebastian Fest edition

Interview with Klaus Eder, Fipresci General Secretary   ...

Red Bull Mediahouse announces 'Heroes By Nature'

In 2013, cinemas across Europe are going to be fueled with an adrenaline rush: A monthly action sports movie event, featuring compelling stories and heart-stopping stunts that have never been seen on a big screen.   Todays “Big Friday” press conference at San Sebastian Film Festival just might have heralded the beginning of a new era of action sports movie exhibition: Not only did the Festival and Red Bull Mediahouse announce further details concerning the new section that...

11th International Film Students Meeting Awards

  Panavision AWARD and FREAK Independent Film Agency AWARD THE MASS OF MEN, Gabriel Gauchet (National Film and TV School, United Kingdom) Participation in the SHORT FILM CORNER at the CANNES Festival THE MASS OF MEN, Gabriel Gauchet (National Film and TV School, United Kingdom) WEDDING DUET, Goran Mihailov (Universitatea Nationala de Arta Teatrala si Cinematografica“I.L. Caragiale”, Romania) I THINK THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO HOW THE FOOTAGE...

TVE-another look 22 awards

  The film "SHESH PEAMIM / SIX ACTS", by Jonathan Gurfinkel won the award. Special jury mention for "THE ATTACK", by Ziad Doueiri. ...

Films in progress 22 Awards

  FILMS IN PROGRESS INDUSTRY AWARD Daniel Goldstein, Deluxe-Spain, Dolby, Imasblue, Kodak (División de Cine Profesional), Laserfilm, Nephilim producciones, No Problem Sonido and Vértigo Films. GLORIA, Sebastián Lelio (Chile) NORTEADO AWARD TANTA AGUA, Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Uruguay - Mexico - The Netherlands) For further information: ...

San Sebastian Festival offers an accessible screening in the Basque language

  On Friday, September 28th, at 12h00 at the Principe Cinemas, the film Camera Obscura will be screened with audio description and subtitling for the hearing impaired in Basque. This is the first time that a showing accessible for people with sensory activity will be available in the Basque language.   This screening joins the others previously announced, accessible by means of subtitling and audio description for the hearing impaired. The Festival therefore continues its effor...

Cnema in motion 8 Awards

  Participants at the 8th edition of Cinema in Motion have decided to grant their awards to two films: LE VEAU D’OR (THE GOLDEN CALF), France – Morocco Will receive the following: €15000 contribution towards sound mixing work at Mactari in Paris A 35mm print without subtitles from Festival International du Film d’Amiens or a participation on the cost of a DCP A 35mm print without subtitles from Festival International de Films de Fribourg or...


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