Recalling the passage of some of the glories of world cinema who passed through its red carpet, the San Sebastian International Film Festival It began its seventieth edition tonight, an anniversary edition, which also marks the return of the contest to its usual format prior to the pandemic.
Bette Davis, Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, Gregory Peck, Pedro Almodóvar, John Travolta, Jessica Chasstain, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt etc… these are just some of the celebrities of world cinema who in the seven decades of the event participated in the festival of the port of northern Spain, which this year is its birthday, becoming one of the longest-running major film festivals in the world together with Venice, the first in history, and Cannes.
To celebrate it tonight at the opening ceremony, a “happy birthday” was sung in Basque, and an edition that the organizers consider has a high-quality program, one of the best in its history, began.
A total of 17 films will compete this year for the Golden Shell, the highest award of the festival, which tonight opened, out of competition, the Spanish film “Model 77”a drama about a revolt in a Spanish prison during the transition to democracy led by Alberto Rodriguez.
The Chilean Sebastian Leliothe Argentinian Diego Lermannthe French Christophe Honore or the Austrian Ulrich Seidl are some of the main directors who compete this year for the main awards of the festival whose first edition was held in 1953 and which never managed to win Alfred Hitchcockdespite participating with film twice.
As throughout its history, San Sebastian will also have the attraction of glamor in this 70th edition.
Expected stars this year include French actress Juliette Binoche and American director David Cronenbergwho will pick up a Donostia Award each one, the honorary award that the festival awards each year.
The actors will also pass through the festival of the port of northern Spain Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger to present the film “Marlowe”about the famous detective created by Raymond Chandler, and a host of Spanish and Latin American actors and actresses, including Ricardo Darín.
Among the Spanish performers, the actress Penélope Cruz stands out, who this Saturday will receive the Spanish National Film Award in San Sebastián.
For this very special year, the festival appointed the American actress Glenn Close as president of the Jury. But a few days before the opening “due to a family emergency” the actress was forced to cancel.
Nearly 200 films will be screened at the event in the Basque-Spanish port, which will conclude on September 24.
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