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    The 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival just announced that actor Denzel Washington will receive the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award for his career at this year’s festival, where he will screen, out of competition, Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Equalizer’ as the Opening Film of the Festival.

    The decision is, of course, controversial, since the last editions of the festival like to reward actors with movies to promote, specially bad movies. This was heavily criticized last year with Hugh Jackman and ‘Prisoners’.

    Also, the Spanish titles have been revealed:

    In Competition:
    -LA ISLA MÍNIMA, Alberto Rodríguez
    -MAGICAL GIRL, Carlos Vermut
    -FLORES, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga

    The rest of the competition titles (15 more) will be announced within the next weeks, and we should expect some Oscar-baity titles since Venice rejected a lot of them (Well, all of them!).

    Speculating, we could see at Donosti this year titles like Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert (Rumor has it that Nicole Kidman could be the other Donostia Lifetime Award’s recipient), Whiplash, A Most Violent Year, Suffragette, My old lady, Love is strange. 

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    NEW TITLES ANNOUNCED IN COMPETITION.

    CASANOVA VARIATIONS

    Michael Sturminger

     (Francia – Austria – Alemania)


    THE DROP
    (LA ENTREGA (THE DROP))

    Michaël R. Roskam

     (EEUU)

     


    EDEN

    Mia Hansen-Løve

     (Francia)

    HAEMU / HAEMOO

    Shim Sung-bo

     (Corea del Sur)

     


    UNE NOUVELLE AMIE / THE NEW GIRLFRIEND

    François Ozon

     (Francia)

     


    PHOENIX

    Christian Petzold

     (Alemania)

     


    STILLE HJERTE / SILENT HEART

    Bille August

     (Dinamarca)

    NEXT WEEK the rest of the official selection will be announced and… guess what? One name might be pronounced. Serena.

    By the way, exciting titles! I’m there for MARSHLAND and PHOENIX! Go Nina Hoss!

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    BrokenFan
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    pray for Serena!!!!!!! T_T

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    seabel
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    I guess the San Sebastian news makes sense with Serena‘s pushed release date in some European countries.

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    So, Susanne Bier will be in competition but not with Serena, but A second chance.

    Still, San Sebastian will announce more in competition titles (The final ones) the next week.

    IN COMPETITION
    Aire libre, Anahi Berneri (Argentina)
    Automata, Gabe Ibañez (Spain-Bulgaria)
    A Second Chance, Susanne Bier (Denmark)
    Felix and Meira, Maxime Giroux (Canada)
    La voz en off, Cristian Jimenez (Chile-France)
    Wild Life, Cedric Kahn (France)

    ZABALTEGUI
    20,000 days on Earth
    Black coal, thin ice
    Girlhood
    Catch me daddy
    Cesar Chavez
    Difret
    Still the water
    Gett, the trial of Viviane Amsalem
    The story of Princess Kaguya
    Winter Sleep
    The Blue Room
    Love is strange
    Mommy
    Pasolini
    The Tribe
    Relatos salvajes
    Retour to Ithaca
    The salt of the earth

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    seabel
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    Danis Tanovic’s TIGERS completes the official selection.

    Not a bad selection at all, if you compare it to other years.

    Now we have to know the JURY.

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    Festival starts tonight!!!!!!!!!!

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    DENZEL WASHINGTON received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award

    BOYHOOD receiving the FIPRESCI Prize for Movie of the Year

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    LOL, no one really cares about this festival? 

    Anyway, the last days are coming and the pressumed winners could be something like this…

    GOLDEN SEASHELL
    Phoenix, Christian Petzold

    SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
    Flowers, José María Goenaga & Jon Garaño

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Alberto Rodríguez, Marshland

    BEST ACTOR
    (Ex-Aequo)
    Emram Hashmii, Tigers
    Mathieu Kassovitz, Wild Life

    BEST ACTRESS
    Nina Hoss, Phoenix

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    Dennis Lehane, The Drop

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Alejandro Martínez, Autómata

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    WINNERS will be announced in 6 hours.

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    GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM


       

    MAGICAL GIRL
    CARLOS VERMUT  (SPAIN – FRANCE)

    The new film from Carlos Vermut (Diamond Flash) is a tale of crossed destinies starring José Sacristán, Bárbara Lennie and Luis Bermejo. Alicia, an ailing child who dreams of the dress in the Japanese series Magical Girl Yukiko; Luis, her father, who will do anything he can to make her dream come true; Bárbara, a pretty young girl with psycholgical issues; and Damián, a teacher who has retired from everything except his stormy past. All will be trapped in a net of obscure blackmailing where instincts and reason spar with one another in a tragic struggle. 

    SPECIAL JURY PRIZE


       

    VIE SAUVAGE / WILD LIFE
    CÉDRIC KAHN  (FRANCE)

    The new film by French director Cédric Kahn focusses on Philippe Fournier, a man who lives with his 2 sons, having decided not to give them back to their mother after she won custody of the children. The children Okyesa and Tsali must grow up in the shadow, hunted by the police but always free and on the move.

    SILVER SHELL FOR BEST DIRECTOR – CARLOS VERMUT


       

    MAGICAL GIRL
    CARLOS VERMUT  (SPAIN – FRANCE)

    The new film from Carlos Vermut (Diamond Flash) is a tale of crossed destinies starring José Sacristán, Bárbara Lennie and Luis Bermejo. Alicia, an ailing child who dreams of the dress in the Japanese series Magical Girl Yukiko; Luis, her father, who will do anything he can to make her dream come true; Bárbara, a pretty young girl with psycholgical issues; and Damián, a teacher who has retired from everything except his stormy past. All will be trapped in a net of obscure blackmailing where instincts and reason spar with one another in a tragic struggle. 

    SILVER SHELL FOR BEST ACTRESS – PAPRIKA STEEN


       

    STILLE HJERTE / SILENT HEART
    BILLE AUGUST  (DENMARK)

    The prestigious Danish filmmaker Bille August, winner of an Academy Award and two Palme d’Or in Cannes, returns with a highly personal drama. Three generations of a family gather over a weekend. The sisters Sanne and Heidi have accepted their terminally-ill mother’s desire to die before her disease worsens; but, as the weekend progresses, their mother’s decision becomes harder and harder to deal with, and old conflicts come to the surface.

    SILVER SHELL FOR BEST ACTOR – JAVIER GUTIÉRREZ


       

    LA ISLA MÍNIMA (MARSHLAND)
    ALBERTO RODRÍGUEZ  (SPAIN)

    Alberto Rodríguez (Grupo 7) returns to film noir with this thriller starring Raúl Arévalo, Javier Gutiérrez and Antonio de la Torre. Two cops, ideologically miles apart, are reprimanded and sent as punishment to a remote town in the swamps to investigate the disappearance of two teenagers. There they will measure their wits against a savage killer in a community anchored to the past.

    JURY PRIZE FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – ALEX CATALÁN


       

    LA ISLA MÍNIMA (MARSHLAND)
    ALBERTO RODRÍGUEZ  (SPAIN)

    Alberto Rodríguez (Grupo 7) returns to film noir with this thriller starring Raúl Arévalo, Javier Gutiérrez and Antonio de la Torre. Two cops, ideologically miles apart, are reprimanded and sent as punishment to a remote town in the swamps to investigate the disappearance of two teenagers. There they will measure their wits against a savage killer in a community anchored to the past.

    JURY PRIZE FOR BEST SCREENPLAY – DENNIS LEHANE


       

    THE DROP
    MICHAËL R. ROSKAM  (USA)

    In his Hollywood debut, Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) adapts a novel by Dennis Lehane in a film starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and James Gandolfini in his last role for the cinema.The Drop takes an inside look at organized crime’s use of local New York City bars as money-laundering “drops”. When lonely Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski uncovers a drop of a different sort in the form of a battered pit bull puppy that he rescues from certain death, he comes into contact with Nadia, a mysterious woman hiding a dark past. 

    KUTXA-NEW DIRECTORS AWARD


       

    UROK / THE LESSON
    KRISTINA GROZEVA, PETAR VALCHANOV  (BULGARIA – GREECE)

    In a small Bulgarian town, Nadezhda, a young teacher, tries to find out which of her students is stealing in class, so that she can teach them the difference between right and wrong. But when she finds herself in debt to moneylenders, will she know the right road to take? What happens when an honest person turns into a criminal? 

    SPECIAL MENTION


       

    MODRIS
    JURIS KURSIETIS  (LATVIA – GREECE – GERMANY)

     Unable to deal with her teenage son, the boy’s mother turns him in for a small crime. But a teenager’s life cannot handle police probation. Based on true events.

    HORIZONTES AWARD


       

    GÜEROS
    ALONSO RUIZPALACIOS  (MEXICO)

    A road movie and coming of age comedy which pays homage to the French new wave, winner of Panorama’s First Feature Award in Berlin Film Festival and of Best Cinematography Award and Special Jury Mention in Tribeca Festival. Since the teenager Tomás is clearly too much of a handful for his mother, she packs him off to stay with his big brother who is studying in Mexico City.Tomás has brought a cassette along with him; the tape is part of his father’s legacy and contains the music of Epigmenio Cruz. When the trio learns that their idol is in hospital fading fast and alone, they set off in their rusty heap of a car to pay their last respects to this one-time rock star.

    SPECIAL MENTION


       

    CIENCIAS NATURALES (NATURAL SCIENCES)
    MATÍAS LUCCHESI  (ARGENTINA – FRANCE)

    Presented in the Generation section of the Berlin Festival and winner of the Award for Best Ibero-American Film at the Guadalajara Festival, the first film by Matías Luchesi revolves around a girl who, starting to become a woman, feels the profound need to discover her true identity. She does not know who her father is and she is determined to find him.


       

    GENTE DE BIEN
    FRANCO LOLLI  (FRANCE – COLOMBIA)

    The feature film debut of Franco Lolli, following several short films to have won awards at several festivals, was presented in the Critics’ Week at Cannes. Ten year-old Eric finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. Maria Isabel, the woman Gabriel works for as a carpenter, decides to help and invites them both to the country to spend Christmas with her and her family. However, she fails to foresee all the consequences of taking the child under her wing.

    IRIZAR BASQUE FILM AWARD


       

    NEGOCIADOR (NEGOTIATOR)
    BORJA COBEAGA  (SPAIN)

    Borja Cobeaga’s new comedy stars Manu Aranguren, a Basque politician who acts as a mediator for the Spanish government in its negotiations with ETA. Far from being a solemn, calculated occasion, unexpected occurrences, slip-ups or misunderstandings soon kick in to influence the dialogue. Ramón Barea, Carlos Areces and Josean Bengoetxea headline the cast. 

    TVE – ANOTHER LOOK AWARD


       

    BANDE DE FILLES (GIRLHOOD)
    CÉLINE SCIAMMA  (FRANCE)

    Céline Sciamma (Tomboy) presented this film at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.

    SPECIAL MENTION


      

    GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
    RONIT ELKABETZ, SHLOMI ELKABETZ  (ISRAEL – FRANCE – GERMANY)

    Civil marriages don’t exist in Israel; only religious law is legitimate, under which divorce is only possible with the husband’s full consent. A film about a woman’s struggle to obtain what she considers to be a right. Presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

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