Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas Brighten Up San Sebastian Film Festival

Michael Fassbender THR Portrait - P 2011
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Michael Fassbender THR Portrait - P 2011

The "Shame" actor arrived on a motorcycle to promote his new film, and Banderas showed a sneak preview of "Puss in Boots."

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas and Spanish heartthrob Miguel Angel Silvestre turned up the star power in San Sebastian Friday with throngs waiting to catch glimpses of the actors.

Decked in black bikerware, Fassbender arrived on a motorcycle and generously greeted crowds waiting outside the Maria Cristina Hotel for his arrival. The star of one of the festival’s most talked-about films gave interviews with Spanish media to promote Shame.

Banderas, whose The Skin I live In is presently in theaters in Spain, came to town to present a 20-minute promotional peek at Dreamworks 3D Puss in Boots, featuring his voice for the animated cat.

Silvestre, one of Spain’s hottest young actors, was in town for the world premiere of Eduardo Chapero-Jackson’s thriller Verbo—which screened Thursday night in the giant screened Velodrome.

Elsewhere in the festival, Spain’s Apaches Entertainment, which has Omtriders. Extraterrestial and Verbo playing at San Sebastian announced a newly-created low-budget label Mapache, focused on mainstream, Spanish-language fare intended for the domestic market and a new TV production branch, Apachete.

Apaches also gave more details about it’s upcoming English-language Windows. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo and produced by Apaches and Antena 3 Films, thefilm will be sold internationally by Wild Bunch and is currently casting. Originally budgeted at $4 million, the thriller has grown in production design.