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San Sebastian Film Festival

Presentation of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival

Today saw the presentation of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival, to take place from September 18 to 26. Its Director, José Luis Rebordinos, and two members of the Management Committee, Maialen Beloki and Joxean Fernández, announced its contents, the composition of certain juries and the names of those who will attend this new edition. The actress Emily Watson will receive the Donostia Award in recognition of her career on September 25. Other outstanding actors will also ...

Candidates to XVI Sebastiane Award

                                   This year, the Sebastiane Award celebrates its 16th year at the San Sebastian Festival; sixteen years of endeavouring to present its award to the production that best reflects the realities, freedoms and social progress made by LGBTI people.  This collective and its particularities have remained hidden for years in both society and cinema. Today awards such ...

Savage Cinema films announced

                                                         Savage Cinema presents its largest and most diverse selection of titles to date. In this year’s line-up, the section announces six movies and two shorts, including the first Spanish production in the section and state of the art films about sports such as kayaking, car racing and climbing....

San Sebastian´s New Director´s Award line up revealed

                                                Today the selection of films in the New Directors section was announced. The Director of the San Sebastian Festival, José Luis Rebordinos, together with Ander Aizpurua Kutxabank´s Wholesale Banking Director, revealed the titles of the thirteen films to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, decided b...

Relatos Salvajes crashes box office in Argentina

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales), reached 1.108.804 spectators within 2 weeks from its release becoming one the biggest opening in Argentina. Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) is a 2014 Hispano-Argentine black comedy-drama film written and directed by Damián Szifrón and starring an ensemble cast consisting of Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg and Darío Grandinetti. Featuring six different ...

'Living is Easy with Closed Eyes' gets 6 Goya Awards

            The beautiful film telling the story of this English teacher who travels Spain ti meet John Lenon at a set in Almería and ask him to add lyrics to his LP´s. Based on a true story written and directed by David Trueba who won this 2 Goya Awards(Best Director and Best screenplay). Javier Cámara won his first Goya for Best Actor for the portrait of this teacher and Natalia de Molina won hers as a New Actress.  The sixth Goya was to ...

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...

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 ...

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...

Twelve titles to compete in the “Horizontes Latinos” section at San Sebastian Festival

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  The "Horizontes Latinos" programmes at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Festival includes the works of twelve filmmakers from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. A selection of films to have competed or been presented at important international festivals, but which have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or commercially released in our country. The latest work by Carlos Reygadas, one of the best known Mexican filmmakers on the international...

El Cuarto de Leo at San Sebastian 2009

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When you take any sort of writing class, one of the first things you learn is narrative structure: not just beginning, middle, end, but the specific way that stories need to be formed in order to seem as though they're moving forward. The more you study it, the more it haunts you, until half the time you're watching movies, you start pointing out specific points in time that serve a purpose to move the story forward. While I understand narrative structure and why it's important, I fin...

Film Festival by the Sea

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  The sun is back in San Sebastian, which means that, for those inclined, a trip to the beach between films is more than possible: the Kursaal is right on the Zurriola beach in Gros, and there are surfers and swimmers out every day (even days that aren't sunny and bright!) ...

Hadewijch

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Blind faith is a very strange sort of thing. On the one hand, blind faith can help a person to achieve things that never would have otherwise been possible. On the other hand, blind faith can bring a person to do things that they never would have done. Hadewijch is a French film in the official selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and it is a film that explores this very idea. It follows the life of Céline, a French girl so enamored with God and her religion that she i...

Making Plans for Léna at San Sebastian 2009

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“That movie was absolutely French.” The man next to me couldn't have been more right: at the end of Making Plans for Léna, I could feel the collective “what the...” that tends to pass through people's heads at the end of a particularly “French” movie. But what makes a movie seem French? It's not the language or even the location: there are hundreds of movies that were set in France, made in France, in French with French actors and French directors that don't c...

Kursal by Night in San Sebastian

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In San Sebastian, the Kursal, the buzzing center of the festival, lights up the entrance to Gros and the beach. - Emily Monaco ...

Yo También

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When writing reviews for film festival movies, there are a few adjectives I've learned I will probably drop from my vocabulary: heart-warming, light, sweet... They're good adjectives for other movies, to be sure, (if a bit overused at times), but they have no place here. Nope. No way. So when I saw Yo, También, I wasn't exactly sure how I planned to describe it, for that is what it is: heart-warming, light and sweet. It made me (and the rest of the audience) burst out laughing at...

Cloudy on the Red Carpet

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  The rain from this weekend has let up, but the weather here in San Sebastian is still cloudy. Fingers crossed that the sunny day they promised us for Thursday will arrive! Until then, everyone here is walking the red carpet with an umbrella in one hand, just in case. At least the carpet isn't covered in plastic anymore, like it was this weekend. ...

This is Love - a film review from San Sebastian

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Some films just make me feel stupid. I generally am not a fan of this. 20 minutes into This is Love, I still had no real idea what was going on, or even who the main character was supposed to be. I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out… was the director going to pull a “Bruce Willis was dead the whole time!” on me? How did these two characters connect? What in God’s name was going on? Let me backtrack a moment: This is Love is a German film that begins by intro...

Daniel y Ana

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Both Michel Franco and lead actor Darío Yazbek are here in San Sebastian to promote Daniel y Ana, the young Mexican director´s first full-length feature. The film tells the (true) story of two siblings in an upper class Mexican family that are captured by pornographers and forced to have sex with one another on tape. The director seeks to tell the story of what happens to the relationship between the two after this ordeal and how it comes to shape the way that each one deals wit...

"Whatever Works" Works

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Woody Allen's new film Whatever Works starring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood was screened here in San Sebastian yesterday. The film played to an enthusiastic press audience: there was laughter and applause at all the right moments, and the daily newspaper review here stated that it harkens back to some of his best work. The film follows Larry David as an early Allen-esque character--New Yorker, neuroses and all--who meets and befriends a Mississippi ingénue played by Evan Rache...

San Sebastian : Today's Films (Saturday 19)

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 Today is Saturday, September 18th... the second day of the San Sebastian-Donostia Film Festival. Here's what's being screened today...   Official Selection Chloe Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried star in a Canadian film that follows a woman who hires a girl to tempt her husband to see if he is cheating. El Baile de la Victoria In Chile, a young man looking to take revenge on a famous bank heister crosses paths with a mysterious ballerina. ...

Welcome to San Sebastian... Don't Forget Your Umbrella!

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Oh, how I love film festivals. Or, more precisely, how I love when they invade the town that I call home. My first festival was Toronto: I worked as a volunteer behind the scenes, showing people to their seats. Toronto could never compare to Cannes, the first festival I saw as a journalist, the first time I worked with fest21. Cannes was all glamor and sparkle: we waited for weeks as we learnd which films would be premiering there, who would be coming. We watched as the red carpet wa...

San Sebastian Film Festival Winners

 Tuesday, October 2--------A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS, the latest film from Hong Kong-born and United States-based director Wayne Wang, was the big winner at the San Sebastian Film Festival, as the awards were announced on Saturday evening in the Basque coastal resort town. The film won the Festival's Golden Shell as Best Film, also winning a Silver Shell for Best Actor for the film's lead Henry O. The film, based on a short story by award-winning author Yiyun Li, depicts the tensio...

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