San Sebastian International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: San Sebastian International Film Festival
SINCE: 1953
WHERE: Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain
WEBSITE: www.sansebastianfestival.com
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Sparrows

63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival Award Winners; SPARROWS Wins Best Film

Rúnar Rúnarsson’s “Sparrows” is the winner of the Golden Shell for Best Film at the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival. “Sparrows” is a drama about Ari, 16, who has been living with his mother in Reykjavik and is suddenly sent back to the remote Westfjords to live with his father Gunnar. Here he has to navigate a difficult relationship with his father, and he finds his childhood friends changed. In these hopeless and declining surroundings, Ari […]

8 Films to Compete for New ‘ Cooperación Española Award ‘ at 63rd San Sebastian Festival

8 Films to Compete for New ‘ Cooperación Española Award ‘ at 63rd San Sebastian Festival

The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will award, for the first time, the new Cooperación Española Award to the producer of the Latin American Film that best contributes to human development, the eradication of poverty and the full exercise of human rights. Any of the Ibero-American films selected for the Official Selection, New Directors and Horizontes Latinos sections can compete for the Award, to be decided by a 3-member jury. Films eligible for the Award: OFFICIAL […]

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Voted Best Film by International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Voted Best Film by International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI

Mad Max: Fury Road directed by George Miller, has been voted best film by the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. The vote for the FIPRESCI Gran Prix 2015 saw the participation of 493 Federation members around the world, who made their choice from among films to have premiered after 1 July 2014. The four finalists included Saul Fia / Son of Saul, Nie yinniang/ The Assassin, Taxi Téhéran and Mad Max: Fury Road. Mad Max: Fury […]

”Hotel Transylvania 2” to Screen at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival | TRAILER

”Hotel Transylvania 2” to Screen at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival | TRAILER

Hotel Transylvania 2, the new film from Sony Pictures Animation, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, will be screened at the upcoming 2015 San Sebastian Festival, as part of the Velodrome Section. Hotel Transylvania 2 will open in cinemas throughout Spain on October 23 and in the US on September 25. Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid “monster-only” hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, […]

6 Films Selected for Films in Progress 28 at 2015 San Sebastian International Film Festival

6 Films Selected for Films in Progress 28 at 2015 San Sebastian International Film Festival

The San Sebastian International Film Festival has revealed the lineup of the Films in Progress 28 program. The final selection includes the following titles: Aquí no ha pasado nada (Much Ado About Nothing) by Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile), Era o Hotel Cambridge (The Cambridge Squatter) by Eliane Caffé (Brazil – France), La emboscada (The Ambush) by Daniel Hendler (Uruguay – Argentina), La Princesita (The Princess) by Marialy Rivas (Chile – Argentina – Spain), Rara by Pepa San […]

8 Films to Screen in Zinemira section of 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival

8 Films to Screen in Zinemira section of 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival

The 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival will present eight feature films in the Zinemira section, dedicated to films produced in the Basque Country. Four world premieres and another four titles from this year’s production make up the selection. All of the premieres compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award, alongside the remaining productions with a minimum of 20% Basque production presented as a world premiere in any of the 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival sections. UN […]

San Sebastian Festival to Honor Original KING KONG Directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack with a Retrospective

San Sebastian Festival to Honor Original KING KONG Directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack with a Retrospective

The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will dedicate a retrospective to directors Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, masterminds of the iconic King Kong (1933).  Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) and Ernest B. Schoedsack (1893-1979) were, in the golden age of Hollywood, one of the strangest and most exciting creative twosomes ever to come out of Hollywood. The coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival will recover their work in a cycle dedicated to their films. Acclaimed […]

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New Films Incl. FREEHELD starring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Added to 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival | TRAILER

Three new competing titles have been added to the lineup of the Official Selection at the upcoming 2015 San Sebastian Film Festival taking place September 18 to 26, 2015.  The Chinese director Liu Hao returns to San Sebastian with Xiang bei fang / Back to the North, five years after competing in the Official Selection with Addicted to Love; the Belgian moviemaker Joachim Lafosse will present his new film, Les chevaliers blancs / The White Knights; and […]

14 Latin American Films on Horizontes Latinos Program at 63rd San Sebastian Festival

14 Latin American Films on Horizontes Latinos Program at 63rd San Sebastian Festival

The Horizontes Latinos program of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival will include fourteen films from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Films that have competed or premiered at important international festivals, but which have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or had their commercial release in Spain. The Horizontes Latinos program will open with Pablo Larraín’s El club, Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the last Berlin Festival. The film […]

World Premiere of REGRESSION Starring Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson to Open San Sebastian Film Festival | TRAILER

World Premiere of REGRESSION Starring Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson to Open San Sebastian Film Festival | TRAILER

Alejandro Amenábar’s latest film, Regression, will open the coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The world premiere of the film, presented in the Official Selection out of competition, will take place on September 18. Regression has an international cast headlining Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis and David Dencik. In his sixth feature film, Alejandro Amenábar, who also wrote the screenplay, returns to a psychological thriller, a genre to which he has contributed already […]

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LONDON ROAD by Rufus Norris to Close the San Sebastian Festival | TRAILER

The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will come to a close on September 26 with the out of competition screening of the British film London Road, fresh from the Toronto Festival. Produced by BBC Films, the British Film Institute and the National Theatre and directed by Rufus Norris with a screenplay by Alecky Blythe and music by Adam Cork, the film is a big-screen adaptation of the musical of the same name hailed as a remarkable, […]

Woody Allen’s new film, IRRATIONAL MAN + Major Titles to Have Spanish Premiere at 63rd San Sebastian Festival

Woody Allen’s new film, IRRATIONAL MAN + Major Titles to Have Spanish Premiere at 63rd San Sebastian Festival

The 63rd San Sebastian Festival will offer, as part of its Pearls section, the Spanish premiere of some of the most important films presented during the year at different international festivals. Among the films selected are the Golden Bear-winner at the Berlin Festival, Taxi Teheran by Jafar Pahani; Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Alfonso Gómez-Rejón, Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival; Nie yinniang / The Assassin, by […]

24 Films in Zabaltegi Section of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival

24 Films in Zabaltegi Section of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival

The Zabaltegi program at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival showcases the Spanish premieres of the latest works by reputed filmmakers including Laurie Anderson,  Jem Cohen, Anca Damian,  Andrés Di Tella, Eric Khoo, Corneliu Porumboiu, Walter Salles, and Alexander Sokurov, alongside films selected for international festivals at which they have won numerous awards. Feature films, documentaries, animated movies and a short film make up a selection that reflects the vitality of contemporary cinema. 327 CUADERNOS ANDRÉS DI TELLA (ARGENTINA – […]

Eight Films Added to Official Selection of 2015 San Sebastian Festival

Eight Films Added to Official Selection of 2015 San Sebastian Festival

Eight films have been added to the competition for the Golden Shell at the upcoming 2015 San Sebastian Festival, running from September 18 to 26. Films include French directors Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu’s new film 21 NUITS AVEC PATTIE / 21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE, which tells the story of Caroline, a woman who cuts her vacation short to organize the funeral of her mother, Isabelle, who has died suddenly at her house in the Pyrenees. 21 NUITS […]

The Demons

THE DEMONS Directed by Philippe Lesage to World Premiere at San Sebastian International Film Festival

The Demons, directed by Quebec director Philippe Lesage, will get its world premiere in official competition at the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (Donostia Zinemaldia)  in Spain, which runs Sept. 18 to 26. The Demons will be competing for the Concha de Oro, the festival’s top prize, awarded in the past to such luminaries as Francis Ford Coppola, Claude Chabrol, Bahman Ghobadi, François Ozon, Peter Mullan and Arturo Ripstein. “I’m very honoured and happy […]