Javier Bardem feted at San Sebastian fest
Receives National Film Award at ceremony FridaySAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- Javier Bardem received Spain's National Film Award on Friday as the San Sebastian International Film Festival toasted a stellar year topped by his Oscar-winning performance in "No Country for Old Men."
Surrounded by his mother, actress Pilar Bardem, a significant chunk of the Spanish film industry and friend Antonio Banderas, Bardem beamed as he received the prize from Spanish Culture Minister Cesar Antonio Molina at a ceremony in the packed banquet hall of the Maria Cristina Hotel.
"It's an award that comes at this specific moment in time from a profession I love and for which I owe a lot to a lot of people," Bardem said.
The Spanish actor, who plays a seductive artist in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which opens Friday in Spain, said he will divvy up the 30,000 euro ($43,000) cash prize among the Saharan people, the Spanish Actors' foundation AISGE and his mentor, Juan Carlos Corazza.
"Javier Bardem has always wanted to elevate the specific to the general, considering himself a part of a professional collective," Molina said. "Maybe that's why he is so loved not only by his colleagues, but by all those from the film world, from very different fields."
Friday night, Banderas -- in town with wife Melanie Griffith -- was to receive the festival's Donostia Lifetime Achievement award from the hands of longtime friend Pedro Almodovar.