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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 screening of ''Ladri di biciclette / Bycicle Thieves'' opens Klasikoa, a yearly rendezvous with a restored classic at the Sa

  Thierry Frémaux will present this collaboration between the Festival and Lyon’s Lumière Festiva   Following the memorable presentation last year of Lumière ! L’aventure commence (Lumière! The Adventure Begins), a screening with comments by the director of the Cannes Festival and of the Lumière Institute, Thierry Frémaux, the San Sebastian Festival and the Lumière Festival in Lyon now open collaboration on what will becom...

Twenty Basque productions to be presented at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival

  Fifteen feature films, world premieres at the Festival, will compete for the Irizar Award Zinemira will open with 'Mudar la piel' and close with 'Black is Beltza' Ramón Agirre will collect the Zinemira Award at the Basque Film Gala, to include the screening of 'Jainkoak ez dit barkatzen'   The 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival will host more Basque productions than ever, twenty films distributed between the Official Selection...

Donostia Awards and tribute to the career of legendary actress Judi Dench

        The British actress Judi Dench will receive the prestigious Donostia Award at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival next month. The Festival’s highest honorary award will be presented on Tuesday, September 25th, prior to the scr...

French actress Isabelle Huppert features on the official poster of San Sebastian Festival’s 66th edition

  The San Sebastian Festival is launching a new line of official posters, with the one chosen for the 66th edition featuring the French actress Isabelle Huppert. “It is an honour for the Festival that one of the best working actresses, who brings us marvellous new films every year, has accepted to be the image of the San Sebastian Festival,” said the Festival Director, José Luis Rebordinos. The official poster follows the line of the Festival’s new graph...

Seven productions from Argentina, Canada, France, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Singapore on the menu of Culinary Zinema

The San Sebastian Festival section associating gastronomy and cinema is jointly organised with the Basque Culinary Center and in collaboration with the Berlin Festival Bihar dok 13, by Ander Iriarte (Echevarriatik Etxeberriara) and Aitor Bereziartua, confronts several students at the Basque Culinary Center with Gaur and Ez Dok Amairu, the movements responsible for revamping the Basque artistic panorama fifty years ago, in order for each one to recreate a dish inspired in a work of art. ...

''Phantom Thread'', to receive the FIPRESCI 2018 Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year in San Sebastian

Paul Thomas Anderson will receive the distinction for the third time in San Sebastian     Phantom Thread has been voted Best Film of 2018 by the members of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. The vote was decided by 473 critics from all over the world, who chose this production from among all of the films premiered after 1 July 2017. The other three finalists were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri by Martin McDonagh (City of Donostia / San Sebast...

The five filmmakers from the Ikusmira Berriak programme's fourth edition began their six-week residencies this week

''The context of Ikusmira Berriak is ideal for concentrating on a single project''     The fourth edition of Ikusmira Berriak began last Monday, August 20th. During the six weeks that the residencies last, the five filmmakers chosen from the 155 proposals received Manuel Abramovich, Nele Wohlatz, Elena López Riera, Arantza Santesteban and Grigory Kolomytsev, will undertake their projects at the Tabakalera Artist's Space. Also travelling to San Sebasti&a...

Eleven films to make up the Made in Spain programme

    The Festival will present the documentary ''Querido Fotogramas''   Made in Spain, showcase of the Spanish films of the year to which the Festival offers a platform for their international dissemination, has selected eleven productions,...

''Les météorites / Meteorites'' and ''Qing Feng De Wei Dao / Breeze'' complete the New Directors competition

Fifteen productions will compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award One French production, Les Météorites / Meteorites and one Chinese, Qing Feng De Wei Dao / Breeze, complete the New Directors selection at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. Kun Yang, from a small city in the South-West of China’s Yunnan province, studied film directing at the Beijing Film Academy. Qing Feng De Wei Dao / Breeze, his first feature film, revolves around a man...

Bi Gan, Hadzihalilovic and Vernier, among others, to compete for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award

  The second feature film Di qiu zui hou de ye wan / Long Day’s Journey into Night, by Bi Gan (Kaili, China, 1989), after his award-winning debut, Kaili Blues, premiered in Un Certain Regard. The film narrates a man’s return to the town of his birth in search of a woman. Zabaltegi-Tabakalera will include the presentation of Kraben Rahu / Manta Ray, following its showing at Venice and Toronto. The first work by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Bangkok, 1976) brings the story of a fish...

San Sebastian Fest will recognise the career of the actor, director and producer Danny DeVito

      Danny DeVito (Neptune, New Jersey, United States, 1944) will be presented with a Donostia Award at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival on Saturday 22 September in the Kursaal. The fo...

Louis Garrel, Liu Jie, Brillante Mendoza, Tuva Novotny, Peter Strickland, Felix Van Groeningen join the San Sebastian selection

    L’homme fidèle / A Faithful Man (Louis Garrel), Baby (Liu Jie), Alpha, the Right to Kill (Brillante Mendoza), In Fabric (Peter Strickland), Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningen) and the first work Blind Spot (Tuva Novotny) to join the list of candidates for the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Festival’s 66th edi...

Films in Progress 34 to present five first works and one second film

The industry activity, to take place on September 24, 25 and 26, will screen productions from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay   Films in Progress is the programme of aid to Latin American films called twice yearly by the San Sebastian Festival and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse. Created in 2002, today it is a platform for the international launch of new talents and a reference meeting point for the Latin America audiovisual industry.Six films, five first work...

Audiard, Damien Chazelle, Alfonso Cuarón, Mamoru Hosoda, Nadine Labaki, Spike Lee, Jia Zhangke to compete at San Sebastrian

The latest works by Jacques Audiard, Damien Chazelle, Alfonso Cuarón, Mamoru Hosoda, Nadine Labaki, Spike Lee and Jia Zhangke to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award The first work by Bradley Cooper will bring Perlak to a close The latest film from the winner of last year’s Academy Award for Best Director, Damien Chazelle (Providence, USA, 1985), once again directs Ryan Gosling in First Man as Neil Armstrong, the first astronaut to walk on the Moon....

The second edition of Glocal in Progress presents three films shot in Greek, Lithuanian and Turkish

  Two films from the first edition of the industry activity for European productions in non-hegemonic languages will premiere at the Festival: ‘Dantza’ in the Official Selection, and ‘Un om la locul lui / A Decent Man’, in New Directors   The second edition of Glocal in Progress, the industry activity for European productions in non-hegemonic languages, will screen the latest works by the Turkish director Pelin Esmer, the Lithuanian filmmaker Ignas Jonynas ...

Brechner, Hernández Cordón, Katz, Martinessi, Reygadas and Seigner, among others, to compete for the Horizontes Award

  Brechner, Hernández Cordón, Katz, Martinessi, Reygadas and Seigner, among others, to compete for the Horizontes Award Three films from the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum and four from Films in Progress to figure in the Horizontes Latinos selection ...

Seventeen projects from twelve countries to be presented at the VII Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum

          Seventeen projects from twelve countries to be presented at the VII Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, which has seen its submissions rise by 34% in a single year The Forum, to run from September 23-26, will include projects from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland, nine of which are first or second films Also selected are projects by directors...

Claire Denis, Kim Jee-woon, Naomi Kawase and Valeria Sarmiento, among others, will be competing for the Golden Shell at the 66th

  The second films by Simon Jaquemet and Markus Schleinzer and the third film by Benjamín Naishtat will also form part of the Official Section   Three European filmmakers, two Asians and two Latin Americans direct the films in the first preview of the Official Section of the San Sebastián Festival. The latest films by Claire Denis, Simon Jaquemet, Kim Jee-woon, Naomi Kawase, Benjamín Naishtat, Valeria Sarm...

Thirteen filmmakers from Argentina, Denmark, Spain, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Rumania, Russia, Switzerland and Vietnam will be comp

The director of the San Sebastián Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, and the director of Kutxabank in the Donostia area, Gerardo Cangas, have revealed today at a press conference the titles of thirteen first or second films by European, Asian and Latin American directors that will be competing for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award. This year in New Directors, the section that aims to make new filmmakers better known, that is, new ways of thinking about and making cinema, person...

Call for entries for the 14th Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum closes next week

The deadline for the registration of projects is July, 13th     The XIV Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-production Forum will take place on 25th, 26th and 27th September 2018 within the framework of the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Organised by IBAIA (Association of Independent Audiovisual Producers of the Basque Country) and the Industry Department of the San Sebastian Film Festival, this forum is an space in which to present documentary projects to potential fun...

The Ikusmira Berriak programme calls for entries with a new dual-period residency model

        The call for the fifth edition with the new formula opens next Monday, 9 July    The programme of residencies and development of audiovisual projects Ikusmira Berriak, which is organised by the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture and the Elías Querejeta Cinema School, is changing its model with the call for the fifth edition. So that the film-makers get as much as possible out of the residenc...

The Donostia Award will recognise the career of Hirokazu Kore-eda at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival

l The presentation ceremony, to take place at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre, will include the screening of the film "Manbiki kazoku / Shoplifters", Golden Palm at Cannes 2018 The Japanese director, the first Asian filmmaker to receive this accolade, has competed four times in the Official Selection and has carried off the Audience Award on two occasions. The Donostia Award will acknowledge, at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival, the contribution made to the world of film ...

Preview of the Perlak and Zabaltegi-Tabakalera sections for the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival.

Un día más con vida / Another Day of Life'', ''Asako I&II'', ''Cold War'' and ''Three Faces'', among others, to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award A series by Bruno Dumont, the first work from Hu Bo and the latest films by Jean-Luc Godard and Albertina Carri, selected for Zabaltegi-Tabakalera   Films to have won awards at Cannes and Berlin, continuation of the French TV series P&rsquo...

Nest. Film Students, the San Sebastian Festival short film competition, opens its submission period

     The XVII edition of the international film students meeting will run from Monday 24th to Friday 28th September 2018 The XVII edition of Nest. Film Students, the San Sebastian Festival international film students meeting, opens its submission period today, 1st June. Organised by the San Sebastian Festival and the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, the meeting -this year renamed Nest. Film Students-  offers an exchange of experiences on audiovisua...

The fourth edition of Ikusmira Berriak selects projects from Manuel Abramovich, Grigory Kolomytsev, Elena López Riera, Arantza S

      The fourth edition of Ikusmira Berriak selects projects from Manuel Abramovich, Grigory Kolomytsev, Elena López Riera, Arantza Santesteban, and Nele Wohlatz The inclusion of Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola as a residency programme partner a...


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