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David Cronenberg To Receive Lifetime Honor at San Sebastian Film Festival

Canadian master of horror David Cronenberg will receive the Donostia Award, a lifetime achievement honor, at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. Cronenberg will receive the award at a gala on September 21 in San Sebastian’s Victoria Eugenia Theatre, followed by the screening of his latest movie, Crimes of the Future. The dystopian drama, which […]

‘The Good Boss’ (‘El Buen Patrón’): Film Review | San Sebastian 2021

Javier Bardem reteams with 'Loving Pablo' director Fernando León de Aranoa for this darkly comic look at a Spanish factory boss trying to keep his company on top.

Marion Cotillard to Receive San Sebastian Lifetime Achievement Award

French actor Marion Cotillard will receive San Sebastian’s 2021 Donostia Award, a lifetime achievement honor, at this year’s festival. The French star will receive her honor at San Sebastian’s opening gala on Sept. 17. Cotillard, whose first on-screen role was in Philippe Harel’s L’histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse in 1994, has been a […]

Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’ to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

Zhang Yimou’s One Second, a period drama set during the upheaval of China’s Cultural Revolution, will open this year’s San Sebastian International Film Festival and compete for the festival’s coveted Golden Shell. The Eyes of Tammy Faye from The Big Sick director Michael Showalter, starring Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker, and Undercover, a French […]

‘Nomadland’ Wins International Critics Honor as Film of the Year

Chloé Zhao can add a trophy to her award case. FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has picked Zhao’s Oscar-winning drama Nomadland as its best film of 2021. Nomadland, which won the Oscar for best film, as well as best director for Zhao and best actress for star Frances McDormand, beat out an otherwise […]

Why Are European Film Festivals Rushing to Rehabilitate Johnny Depp (and Can it Work)?

The backlash was immediate. Shortly after the San Sebastian film festival this week announced it would give the Donostia Award, its lifetime achievement honor, to disgraced actor Johnny Depp, the outrage machine kicked into gear. Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media joined the online chorus condemning the decision, saying it was “very surprised” […]

Spain’s Female Filmmakers Association Criticizes San Sebastian Film Fest for Honoring Johnny Depp

Spain’s Association of Female Filmmakers has called out the San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain’s leading cinema event, for choosing to give controversial actor Johnny Depp its lifetime achievement award. The group said it reflected badly on San Sebastian that the festival chose to honor a man accused of abusing his ex-wife, Amber Heard. A British […]

Johnny Depp to Receive San Sebastian Film Fest Lifetime Achievement Honor

In a move certain to spark controversy, and a potential backlash, Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival will honor actor Johnny Depp with its Donostia Award, a lifetime achievement honor that recognizes “outstanding contributions to the film world.” Depp, inarguably one of the world’s most successful and well-known actors, is these days often seen as […]

San Sebastian Festival Unveils Spanish-Language Lineup, Including Javier Bardem Film

The San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain’s premiere cinema event, has unveiled the Spanish-language titles that will premiere at the 2021 event in September. Fernando León de Aranoa’s comedy The Good Boss, starring Javier Bardem as a company owner willing to go to extreme lengths to win a local business excellence award; Paco Plaza’s Madrid-based horror […]

San Sebastian Film Festival Unveils New Directors Lineup

The San Sebastian International Film Festival has unveiled the films for its 2021 New Directors sidebar, picking 13 titles from up-and-coming filmmakers — nine debuts and four sophomore efforts — from 15 countries to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award at the 2021 event. Canadian director Philippe Grégoire, well-known for his short films, will present […]

Dimitri Eipides, Longtime Toronto Film Fest Programmer, Dies at 82

Longtime Toronto Film Festival programmer Dimitri Eipides has died. He was 82 years old.

AFM: Dea Kulumbegashvili on Her Bold, Feminist Debut ‘Beginning’

Georgian filmmaker Dea Kulumbegashvili discusses her bold, and overtly feminist, choices in her directing debut 'Beginning.' The story of a woman's struggles in an insular Jehovah's Witness community in rural Georgia, won the best film and best director honors at the San Sebastian Film Festival.