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SAN SEBASTIAN – The San Sebastian International Film Festival awarded the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award to Ewan McGregor Thursday night, making him the youngest actor to receive the festival’s honor.
“It was amazing arriving and feeling the wave of love from Spanish filmgoers,” McGregor said at the ceremony held in the Kursaal Auditorium. “Thank you.”
McGregor was in town to promote Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible, the true story based on a family that lived through the tsunami that swept Thailand in 2004.
The film, which runs in the festival’s Official Competition, caused quite a stir with audiences and critics. Paramedics had to take one attendee out on a stretcher after watching the hyper-realistic sequence depicting the tidal wave washing ashore. The patient’s ailment or outcome was not immediately available.
“What a powerful film,” one Spanish ticket holder said. “It’s unbelievable how real it all felt. I’m not going to forget that for a long time.”
The San Sebastian festival runs in Spain’s Basque region until Saturday.
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