Local stars shine bright at San Sebastian


A strong lineup and an upcoming wave of Hollywood talent has people buzzing here, but it was homegrown heroes Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem who were the stars of the fuchsia-colored carpet as the San Sebastian International Film Festival kicked off Thursday.

Banderas, due to receive the festival's Donostia Lifetime Achievement award Friday, accompanied director Richard Eyre and his "The Other Man."

Bardem joined Woody Allen and Rebecca Hall in presenting the director's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which opens the Zabaltegi Pearls section.

Allen told a crowd peppered with local celebs and political figures that he was looking forward to showing the film — shot in Spain — to a Spanish audience.

The festival ends Sept. 27. (partialdiff)