Streep, Banderas to get San Sebastian honors

Each to get Donostia lifetime achievement awards

MADRID -- Meryl Streep and Antonio Banderas will receive Donostia lifetime achievement awards at this year's San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers said Friday.

Local hero Banderas will pick up his award Sept. 19, one night after presenting the European premiere of Richard Eyre's "The Other Man" at the opening night ceremony. The festival will honor Streep on Sept. 26.

Jonathan Demme will chair the official jury, which awards the non-cash Gold Shell along with the other prizes in the festival's main competition. Demme is joined by German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, Argentine producer Martina Gusman Urruti, Japanese actor-director Masato Harada, Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, English-Italian director Clare Peploe and Spanish actress Leonor Watling.

Chinese multihyphenate Joan Chen will head the Altadis New Directors Jury, which awards the coveted 90,000 euros ($128,000) award to be split between the director and the Spanish distributor of the film.

Cuban actress Mirtha Ibarra will head the Horizontes Jury, responsible for deciding the 35,000 euros ($51,000) Horizontes prize for the best Latin American film in the showcase.

And Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai will head a jury composed of cinema students to decide the winner of the International Forum for Cinema Schools, screening shorts from participants. The winning director will receive 6,000 euros ($8,500) in postproduction costs.

San Sebastian is set to run Sept. 18-27 in Spain's northern Basque region.
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