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Spanish producer Fernando Bovaira heads the seven-person jury that will choose the top prize, the Golden Shell, at this year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 19-27.
In addition to the seven official jurors, named Thursday, jailed Ukraine filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is an honorary jury member. The Federal Security State of the Russian Federation (FSB) arrested Sentsov on May 10 for backing the protests in Kiev and for his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The festival said it took the step of officially naming Sentsov to the jury to defend freedom of expression and in response to an request by the European Film Academy.
One of Spain’s most international names, Bovaira produced all of Alejandro Amenabar’s films including The Others, The Sea Inside and the upcoming Regression — starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson — as well as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful, Julio Medem’s Sex and Lucia and Javier Fesser’s Mortadelo and Filemon: The Big Adventure.
Bovaira is joined by Singaporean director Eric Khoo, who heads Zhao Wei Films/Gorylah Pictures and has been credited with putting Singapore on the international film map with films like My Magic and animated Tatsumi.
Venezuelan writer-director-producer Mariana Rondon, who returns to San Sebastian after winning last year’s Golden Shell with Bad Hair, will sit on the jury, while Iranian born writer and director Marjane Satrapi will come to the seaside resort town in Spain’s northern Basque region after premiering her latest work, The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, at the Toronto Film Festival.
Berlin-born actress Natassja Kinski, German director of photography Reinhold Vorschneider and Romanian character actor Vlad Ivanov, who won the L.A. Critics Award for his portrayal of an illegal abortion doctor in 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, round out the jury.
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