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Maialen Beloki joins the San Sebastian Film festival

  The San Sebastian Festival Management Committee will have a new member starting next year: Maialen Beloki. A Graduate in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarre and Doctor in Film Theory, Analysis and Documentation from the Public University of the Basque Country, Maialen Beloki joined the San Sebastian Festival in 2010 as head of the International Film Students Meeting. The following year she was also coordinator of the Zinemira and Made in Spain sections and in 2012 ...

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...

Oliver Stone Special Donostia/San Sebastian fest 60th anniversary Award

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  Oliver Stone's latest film, Savages, will enjoy its premiere at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The North American director will receive a Special Award in tribute to his career bestowed by the San Sebastian Festival on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. Oliver Stone (New York, 1946) is today one of the most emblematic makers of modern American film thanks to his treatment of red-hot social and political topics and his powerful visual style. Stone started in ...

San Sebastian Festival - Classic retrospective. GEORGES FRANJU

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French filmmaker Georges Franju is to be the subject of one the retrospectives programmed for the 60th San Sebastian Festival to take place from 21-29 September 2012. Georges Franju (12-4-1912 / 5-11-1987) was an enormously influential figure in French film culture. In 1936 he founded the Cinémathèque Française with Henri Langlois. His career as a director began in 1949 with documentaries, a field to which he contributed some of the greatest titles ever in the genre. His early works - L...

San Sebastian Film festival: Spanish films announced

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  We attended today in Madrid a press conference at the Academia de Cine in which all Spanish films to be shown in San Sebastian have been announced. The latest films by Pablo Berger, Sergio Castellitto, Javier Rebollo, Fernando Trueba, Juan Antonio Bayona and Eduard Cortés in the Official Selection of the San Sebastian Festival Another three Spanish films are taking part in the New Directors section and another five will be presented in special screenings. Some impo...

The San Sebastian Festival launches the I. Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, to take place on september 27 and 28 at the

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This year’s San Sebastian Festival launches the I. Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, thereby consolidating its position as a benchmark platform and hub between both film worlds. This Forum is an opportunity to promote projects of greater magnitude and strengthen the European and Latin American industries by encouraging cooperation between professionals and opening out to new international markets. This initiative is possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Basqu...

''Culinary Zinema: Cinema and Gastronomy''

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The Berlin International Film Festival and San Sebastian International Film Festival sign a collaboration agreement for the section ''Culinary Zinema: Cinema and Gastronomy'', jointly organized by Basque Culinary Center and the San Sebastian Festival. San Sebastian and its surroundings boast the world's highest concentration of Michelin stars per square metre, all held by Basque chefs enormously well known and appreciated around the planet: Mugaritz (2 Michelin stars and listed third by ...

2 3D movies at San Sebastian at the Velodrome

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For the second year running, the Velodrome will become an enormous 3D cinema offering two sessions during the coming San Sebastian Festival. Almost 3,000 viewers at each screening will be able to enjoy the experience of watching films in three dimensions as part of an enormous audience and before a giant screen measuring 400 m2.The Velodrome will host the world release of the first Spanish digital 3D animated film, Holy Night!, in the shape of the directorial debut by Juan Galiñanes.Viewers wi...

Some media got it wrong about San Seb: here is the official story

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John Hopewell from Variety wrote the following title "San Sebastian faces budget crisis: Festival chief and staff threaten to resign" Read the full article on Variety.com (you probably would have to pay to access the article) "...The head of the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Spanish-speaking world’s biggest movie confab, is threatening to resign if his budget is slashed. If festival director Mikel Olaciregui ankles, he’ll be followed out the door by his entire...

Some media got it wrong about San Seb: here is the story

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Variety (John Hopewell) wrote that "San Sebastian faces budget crisis: Festival chief and staff threaten to resign"The festival's officials had a different story and made the following statement.In view of the erroneous, inaccurate information printed and broadcast by certain media in recent days, the San Sebastian Festival Management Team wishes to make the following clarifications: ONE – The economic results of the last two editions have experienced deficits of €511,878.31 in 2007 and €4...

NEWSLETTER N° 377: August 13, 2008

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Filmfestivals.com and Film Festival Locarno in partnership with CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada are proud to present Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Film Festival Locarno which took place August 9 with The Premiere Panel on digital distribution in association with XDC and Cineuropa.org featuring Elisabetta Brunella (Mediasalles Secretary Gene...

"European Distributors: Up Next!" to be held on September 26 at San Sebastian Festival

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EFP and San Sebastian International Film Festival join forces for "European Distributors: Up Next!" to be held on September 26  With the aim of increasing the wider distribution of non-domestic European films, European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival are to launch the initiative "European Distributors: Up Next!" which is scheduled to take place on September 26, 2008 during the festival. The first edition of the programme is focused on d...

European Distributors: Up Next to be held at San Sebastian

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EFP and San Sebastian International Film Festival join forces for "European Distributors: Up Next!" to be held on September 26With the aim of increasing the wider distribution of non-domestic European films, European Film Promotion (EFP) and the San Sebastian International Film Festival are to launch the initiative "European Distributors: Up Next!" which is scheduled to take place on September 26, 2008 during the festival. The first edition of the programme is focused on distributors from Centra...

A look at Spanish cinema at the San Sebastian Festival

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The participation of Spanish cinema at the Festival (Sept 18-27) will include three films in the Official Selection and another three in Zabaltegi-New Directors Camino, El patio de mi cárcel (My Prison Yard) and Tiro en la cabeza will compete in the Official Selection, and Amateurs, Chicos normales (Ordinary Boys) and El truco del manco in Zabaltegi-New DirectorsFlores de luna (Night Flowers) will be presented in Zabaltegi-Specials and La casa de mi padre will be premiered at the Basque Cinema ...

PREVIEW OF THE 56TH SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Director Mario Monicelli and Japanese film noir will play the lead in two of the Festival retrospectives. The work of Italian maestro Mario Monicelli and the specific treatment dedicated to film noir by Japanese cinema throughout its history will play the leading part in this year’s edition of San Sebastian Festival, to take place from 18-27 September. CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE: MARIO MONICELLIComedy was one of the most important genres in the Italian cinema of the 1950s and 60s. Outstanding among...

The Jury members for the San Sebastian official selection awards

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The international jury for the 55th San Sebastian Film Festival is chaired by Paul Auster (Chairman );other jury members includePERNILLA AUGUST NICOLETTA BRASCHI BAHMAN GHOBADI EDUARDO NORIEGA SUSÚ PECORARO PETER WEBBER PAUL AUSTER (Chairman) Paul Auster is the author of Travels in the Scriptorium (2007), The Brooklyn Follies (2006), Oracle Night (2003), The Book of Illusions (2002), The Red Notebook (2002), Timbuktu (1999), Mr. Vertigo (1994), Leviathan (1992), The Music of Chance (1990), Moo...

David Cronenberg says that he is “delighted” to participate in the San Sebastian International Film Festival in

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Canadian director David Cronenberg says that he is “delighted” to participate in the San Sebastian International Film Festival in a text sent by him to the Festival organisation for its circulation.Cronenberg, who will open the San Sebastian Festival on 20th September with his new film Eastern Promises, starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, and who will also compete in the Official Selection, wished to show his interest in participating in the event because “people have...

San Sebastian Key films

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David Cronenberg to open the San Sebastian Film Festival with Eastern PromisesFlawless, directed by Michael Radford and starring Demi Moore and Michael Caine, will bring the 55th Festival to a close. Writer Paul Auster, Chairman of the Official Jury, will present his new film as a director, The Inner Life of Martin Frost, out of competition.The documentary film Earth will also be screened out of competition in the Official Selection.Canadian director David Cronenberg’s new film will open the 5...

San Sebastian homage to Philippe Garrel

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The 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival, to take place from 20-29 September, will present a retrospective of work by the French director, Philippe Garrel. One of the most independent figures on the French movie scene, direct descendent of the nouvelle vague, but also of Robert Bresson and Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel has woven a career started in 1964 ranging from isolationist cinema to portraying important fragments of recent history, while reflecting on couples, drugs and the maki...

"Volver", by Pedro Almodóvar to Receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix at San Sebastian

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The film Volver, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Year at San Sebastian International Film Festival. This Grand Prix, awarded each year by the International Federation of Film Critics, means recognition from film critics in over 60 countries. More than 350 critics from all over the world have voted for a film released between July 2005 and July 2006. The producer of Volver, Agustín Almodóvar, will collect the FIPRESCI Grand Prix on the...

Barbet Schroeder honored at next San Sebastian Fest

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The San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a retrospective to French director, Barbet Schroeder The 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival, to take place from 21st-30th September, will dedicate a retrospective to the French director, producer and actor Barbet Schroeder, promoter in the 60s of the earlier work by Nouvelle Vague directors like Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, and author of a filmography as a moviemaker who has always endeavoured to portray the attitudes of his time.A pioneer...

San Sebastian 54th Official Selection presentation

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OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF THE 54TH SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThis year’s Festival will pay homage to the career of fabulous creator Ernst Lubitsch, dedicating its thematic retrospective to emigration, a harsh reality of our time repeatedly appearing in other epochs and always energetically reflected by the cinema.At its presentation on 12th May, the Festival unveiled its 54th official poster in addition to the posters representing the different sections. A meeting with friends fr...

Angelopoulos heads The Montréal World Film Festival

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The jury lineup for 29th edition of the Montréal World Film Festival, which takes place from August 26 to September 5, is one of the most prestigious in the Festival’s history. It is chaired by Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, and includes Russian director Pavel Lounguine, Chilean director Silvio Caiozzi, Spanish writer Vicente Molina Foix, the well-known Swedish cameraman Jörgen Persson, and the founder of the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy, now Vice President of the Italian National Film ...

San Sebastián will open with Obaba

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OBABA, by Montxo Armendáriz to open the 53rd Donostia-San Sebastián International Film FestivalThe world release of Obaba, much awaited latest oeuvre by Montxo Armendáriz based on Bernardo Atxaga’s prizewinning novel, will open the 53rd Donostia - San Sebastián International Film Festival on 15th September next as part of the Official Section in competition for the Golden Shell. Ever since he read Bernardo Atxaga’s book Obabakoak, published in 1988, Montxo Armendáriz had wanted to take ...

San Sebastian Jury members

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The jury for the 52th edition of San Sebastian Festival: 17-25 September is headed by MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (President) other members include:YAMINA BENGUIGUI TOM DiCILLO MARTA ESTEBAN LAURA MORANTE EDUARDO SERRA DITO TSINTSADZE Donostia Awards will be given to Woody Allen, Annette Bennings, Jeff Bridges.About Mario Vargas Llosa He was born in Arequipa (Peru) in 1936. In 1953 he entered San Marcos University in Lima, where he studied Arts and Law. In 1959 he moved to Europe, and lived for several y...

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