John Malkovich to Head San Sebastian Jury, Monica Bellucci and Agnes Varda to Get Awards

Alessandro Moggi

James Franco, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are among those confirmed to attend the festival.

John Malkovich will head the official selection jury at the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers unveiled Friday, whilealso  revealing a flurry of final details that encompassed Donostia Lifetime awards for Italian actress Monica Bellucci and Belgian actress Agnes Varda.

Along with the three Donostia Awards, including the previously announced Ricardo Darin, a list of actors and directors have confirmed their presence in San Sebastian, which runs Sept. 22-Sept. 30 in Spain’s northern Basque region.

Among those confirmed are: James Franco, who will compete for the Golden Shell with his film The Disaster Artist; Glenn Close, who will close the official section with the European premiere of The Wife; Jean Pierre Leaud –who stars in Nobuhiro Suwa’s film The Lion Sleeps Tonight; Arnold Schwarzenegger, voice of the special screening Wonders of the Sea 3D; and Alicia Vikander, who stars in the opening film, directed by Wim Wenders, Submergence.   

Top directors like Darren Aronofsky, Kantemir Balagov, Robin Campillo, Raymond Depardon, Ildika Enyedi, Michel Franco, Robert Guediguian, Todd Haynes, Hirokazu Koreeda, Sebastian Lelio, Martin McDonagh, Janus Metz, Ruben Ostlund, Lynne Ramsay, Carlos Saura  and Frederick Wiseman are all confirmed to accompany their latest works.

Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, are scheduled to attend the closing gala of the Pearls section in the Velodrome, featuring Loving Pablo.

Malkovich will be joined in the deliberations for the top prizes—including the Golden Shell—by Argentine actor Dolores Fonzi, the British director William Oldroyd, who presented Lady Macbeth in San Sebastian last year, the Spanish actress Emma Suarez, the Italian producer and screenwriter Paula Vaccaro, the Italian cinematographer Fabio Cianchetti and a jury member still to be confirmed. 

Both Donostia Award-winning  actresses will enjoy special screenings of their works at the festival, Bellucci will accompany Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena and Stephen Hopkins’ Under Suspicion, while Varda will screen Faces, Places—which ran in Cannes earlier this year.

“Over her more than 25 years as an actress, Bellucci has worked with several benchmark moviemakers in both Europe and the USA, including Francis Ford Coppola, Gaspar Noe, the Wachowski sisters, Mel Gibson, Terry Gilliam, Spike Lee, Paolo Virzì, Philippe Garrel, Sam Mendes and Emir Kusturika,” the festival said in announcing the awards. “For her part, Agnes Varda is a legend of European cinema, whose career has earned her recognition with the top awards at Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, and from the French Film Academy.”

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