A long list of prestigious filmmakers, performers, screenwriters, production companies and producers have confirmed their presence in San Sebastián at the 70th San Sebastian Film Festivalwhose official jury will be chaired by actress Glenn Close.
Juliette Binoche, Penélope Cruz, Ricardo Darín, Vicky Krieps, Diane Kruger, Noémie Merlant, Liam Neeson, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Hannah Schygulla and Olivia Wilde have confirmed their presence at the Festival.
David Cronenberg, the Dardennes, Claire Denis, Louis Garrel, Christophe Honoré, Neil Jordan, Hirokazu Koreeda, Sebastián Lelio, Cristian Mungiu, François Ozon, Hong Sangsoo and Ulrich Seidl will travel to San Sebastián.
The Nobel Prize for Literature Kazuo Ishiguro will present ‘Living’ and the writers Rosa Montero and Selva Almada will act as jurors.
The jury of the Official Section will be chaired by the Donostia Award winner Glenn Close, the protagonist of Fatal Attraction (Fatal Attraction), Dangerous Liaisons (dangerous friendships), Albert Nobbs (Official Section, 2011) and The Wife (The good wife, closing Official Section 2017), actress nominated for an Oscar eight times. Glenn Close will be accompanied in the deliberations by casting director and filmmaker Antoinette Boulat (France), director and screenwriter Tea Lindeburg (Denmark), producer Matías Mosteirín (Argentina), writer and journalist Rosa Montero (Spain), filmmaker and visual artist Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) and director and screenwriter Hlynur Pálmason (Iceland).
‘Kong Xiu / A Woman’ , the new feature film by Chinese director Wang Chao, will complete the list of films in competition in the Official Section of the San Sebastian Festival, which will celebrate its 70th edition between September 16 and 24.
Based on the autobiographical novel ‘Dream’, by the writer Zhang Xiu Zhen, the film tells a story set in the midst of the Cultural Revolution and its protagonist is the hardworking worker of a workshop who spends her free time writing.
Thousands of girls and boys between the ages of 6 and 11 will return to the Velodrome to enjoy the screening of a film that links cinema and science in an activity co-organized by the San Sebastian Festival, the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and the Basque Film Library . under the motto City of Cinema, City of Science, The objective of this collaboration is to transmit a positive image of science to the schoolchildren of the territory and to make visible the strong link between the city and scientific research.
During the two years of the pandemic, the activity has been carried out in the classrooms in a virtual format, but this year it will return to the Velodrome in style and renamed Ikastetxeak Belodromoan, with a proposal that recovers the festive spirit and hopes to surprise girls and boys.
The Velodrome’s giant screen will host the screening of ‘Terra Willy: Planeta ezezaguna’, an animated film directed by Eric Tosti about a boy who, after a space accident, must survive on an unknown planet, for which he has the help of a robot and an alien creature. The screening of the film, dubbed into Basque, will be accompanied by a brief and original presentation on social robots, designed to interact and communicate with human beings and facilitate various aspects of their lives, just as the robot does Terra Willy.