'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

Published on 13 Aug 1919
movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival
Roger Michell's remake of 2014's 'Silent Heart' also features Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill.

Roger Michell's Blackbird will get its European premiere as the opening film at this year's 67th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 20-Sept. 28.

The U.S.-U.K. co-production is a remake of the 2014 drama Silent Heart Stille Hjerte by Danish director Bille August, which competed in San Sebastian and won a Silver Shell Award for best actress for Paprika Steen.

San Sebastian's 1995 Donostia Prize recipient Susan Sarandon stars alongside Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill in the drama scripted by Silent Heart writer Christian Torpe. Sarandon plays a terminally ill woman who wants to put an end to her suffering, but the discovery by her daughters Winslet and Waskikowski of family secrets complicates the situation.

South Africa-born filmmaker Michell's previous works include Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, 2013 San Sebastian competitor Le Week-End, Titanic Town and My Night with Reg.

The film, distributed in Spain by DeAPlaneta and handled internationally by Millennium Films, will screen at the festival's opening gala on Sept. 20.

Last year's opening film was Argentine Juan Vera's directorial debut, An Unexpected Love, starring Ricardo Darin across his son Chino Darin.

The festival has previously announced titles for this year's official selection, as well as its New Directors, Pearls and Latin Horizons sidebars.

Industry sidebars in San Sebastian include the Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum, development-oriented Films in Progress and Glocal in Progress, and the new technology selection Zinemaldia & Technology, among others.

Penelope Cruz, previously announced as a lifetime achievement Donostia Prize recipient, graces this year's official poster for the festival. Mexican director Roberto Gavaldon will be the subject of a retrospective.

Another Donostia Prize winner will be unveiled on Friday.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Published on 19 Jul 1919
movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival
Alejandro Amenabar's 'While at War' is among the competition titles, while Netflix's Spanish original 'Seventeen' will screen out of competition.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival on Friday unveiled 15 Spanish titles set to screen in various sections of the event's upcoming 67th edition.

Three of them will screen in the competition of the official section, while Netflix original film Seventeen Diecisiete, a production of Atipica Films, was invited to screen in an out-of-competition slot as part of the official selection. From director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, the road movie focuses on the relationship between a troubled teenager Biel Montoro, his big brother Nacho Sanchez and his missing therapy dog.

Set at the start of Spain's Civil War and focused on the evolving stance towards the war of distinguished Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno, competition title While at War Mientras Dure la Guerra marks Alejandro Amenabar's first Spanish-language feature since Oscar winner The Sea Inside 2004 starring Javier Bardem. His most recent films include mystery Regression 2015, starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, and the historical drama Agora 2009. His 1997 thriller Open Your Eyes was remade in the U.S. as Vanilla Sky. War is a production of Movistar+, MOD Producciones, Himenoptero, K&S Films. It's sold internationally by Film Factory Entertainment.

Also competing for the festival's top Golden Shell award is director Belen Funes' debut feature, A Thief's Daughter La Hija de un Ladron, about a young woman Elisa & Marcela's Greta Fernandez who wants to distance herself from her father Eduard Fernandez, also co-starring in While at War when he is released from prison. The film is produced by Oberon and BTeam Pictures.

The third Spanish film announced for the official competition is La Trinchera Infinita, starring Antonio de la Torre, who won a Goya award this year for The Realm, as a man who hides in his house for 33 years following the start of Spain's Civil War in 1936. It is directed by San Sebastian regulars and locals Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga, the team behind Flowers Loreak, which premiered in San Sebastian in 2014 and was Spain's first-ever Basque-language nominee for the foreign-language Oscar. La Claqueta, Irusoin, Manny Films, Moriarti Produkzioak and Trinera Film co-produce.

Another Spanish-language film that will get a special screening in the official section is Argentina-born Sebastian Borensztein's dramedy Heroic Losers La Odisea de los Giles starring Ricardo Darin and his son Chino Darin. The Argentina-Spanish co-production is set during the economic crisis of 2001 in Argentina and is based on a novel by Eduardo Sacheri, author of the novel that inspired 2009's The Secret in Their Eyes remade in the U.S. in 2015 with Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts.

Two Spanish directors will debut features in the New Directors section: Lucia Alemany's teen tale La Inocencia, and Maider Fernandez Iriarte's Las Letras de Jordi, based on the relationship the director forged with a 51-year-old man with cerebral palsy. As previously announced, Oliver Laxe's Cannes Un Certain Regard jury prize winner Fire Will Come will screen in the San Sebastian Pearls section of the festival.

Two series, including the world premiere of Emmy winner Justin Weber's Nisman El fiscal, la presidenta y el espia and part of the new season of Leticia Dolera's Canneseries best series prize winner Perfect Life Vida Perfecta, the animated feature La Gallina Turuleca, two shorts and a medium-length film round out Friday's unveiled films for other festival sections.

Lastly, Paco Cabezas Penny Dreadful, American Gods will present his return to cinema, the Seville-set detective thriller Adios, at the RTVE Gala at San Sebastian.

The festival runs Sept. 20-Sept. 28.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Published on 10 Jul 1919
movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

In a press conference held in San Sebastian, Spain, to mark the beginning of production on his latest project, Woody Allen announced that he does not plan to retire from moviemaking anytime soon Via Deadline. The project, previously under the working title “Wasp 2019,” is now titled “Rivkin’s Festival.” The film stars Spanish actors Elena Anaya and Sergi Lopez alongside Gina Gershon, Wallace Shawn, Christoph Wz and Louis Garrel. Allen's return is controversial given the allegation of sexual assault made against him by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

“I have never thought of retiring,“ Allen said during the press conference on Tuesday. “Since I started, I've always tried to focus on my work, no matter what happens in my family or with politics. I don't think about social movements, for example. My cinema is about human relationships, about people. And I try to have humor in them. If I were to die, I would probably die on a film set, which may well happen.“

The forthcoming project is said to be a romantic comedy, following a married American couple Wz and Gershon who attend the San Sebastian Film Festival. While there, the couple are swept up in the magic of the festival, when she has an affair with a French movie director and he falls in love with a local Spanish woman.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is one of the longest-running international film festivals in the world having been founded in 1952 this year the festival is celebrating its 67th edition. Allen has been a regular presence at the festival over the years, having received the festival's greatest honor, the Premio Donostia award, in 2004. That year, the director opened the festival with the world premiere of “Melinda and Melinda,“ and later screened his eventual Oscar winner “Vicky Cristina Barcelona“ there.

Despite his fall from grace in Hollywood, Allen still has friends and supporters.

“It's a beautiful script a dream come true,“ Gershon said during the same press conference. “These are crazy times one has to analyze the situation and decide how you feel I'm delighted to be part of this team.“

“Rivkin’s Festival” is backed by frequent Allen collaborator Mediapro, which will co-handle international sales with FilmNation. Letty Aronson's Gravier Productions also produces.

With production on “Rivkin’s Festival” beginning, Allen plans to self-release his previous movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,“ in U.S. theaters. The movie was originally produced by Amazon Studios and then shelved because of Farrow's allegation. Amazon's decision resulted in Allen filing a $68 million lawsuit against the studio. The comedy stars Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, and Jude Law.

Source: Indiewire

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Published on 09 Jul 1919
movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

Woody Allen has taken part in a press conference in Spain to launch his next movie, which has a working title of Rivkin’s Festival.

Spanish film and TV stalwart and regular Allen collaborator Mediapro is backing the movie and will co-handle international sales with FilmNation. Letty Aronson's Gravier Productions also produces.

The movie is due to go into production tomorrow and its cast of Elena Anaya, Sergi Lopez, Gina Gershon and Wally Shawn attended today’s conference in San Sebastian alongside Allen and Mediapro CEO Jaume Roures. Christoph Wz and Louis Garrel also star.

The romance-comedy tells the story of a married American couple played by Wz and Gershon who go to the San Sebastian Film Festival. There they get caught up in the magic of the festival but she has an affair with a brilliant French movie director and he falls in love with a beautiful local Spanish woman.

Allen said at the conference that he has no plans to retire and that he has always tried to shut out social and political upheaval as well as controversy surrounding his own life, “I have never thought of retiring,” he said, according to local media. “Since I started, I’ve always tried to focus on my work, no matter what happens in my family or with politics. I don’t think about social movements, for example. My cinema is about human relationships, about people. And I try to have humor in them. If I were to die, I would probably die on a film set, which may well happen.”

Earlier this year Allen launched legal action against Amazon claiming the online titan broke a lucrative four-film deal it had signed with the filmmaker in 2017. After Amazon and Allen collaborated on TV series Crisis In Six Scenes and movie Wonder Wheel, the company shelved Allen's latest film A Rainy Day In New York, starring Timothee Chalomet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Jude Law, citing the director's comments about the #MeToo movement “sabotaged“ its attempts to promote his movies. Multiple European distributors have picked the film up and are lining up releases later this year.

The iconic filmmaker remains a figure of controversy due to accusations of abuse by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow. A number of his recent collaborators, including Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, Greta Gerwig and Colin Firth, have publicly distanced themselves from the director. Others have defended him, with Javier Bardem protesting the “public lynching” of the director.

Actresses Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya were asked today about their decisions to work with Allen amid the context of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. The Skin I Live In actress Anaya said, “I believe in justice. And as an actress, I’m responsible for my career and I’ve opted to work with Woody Allen because this is a wonderful script and it’s a dream character so I’m delighted to be here.”

U.S. actress Gershon added, “Living in the United States now is crazy. There’s a lot of rivalry, a lot of hatred, it’s wild times. One has to make sense of all those situations. I am very aware of the subject of women’s rights, but I am also delighted to be in a Woody Allen project. I think the Me Too movement has promoted very good things, but it's also really important that people take a look at every situation individually and really make up their own minds about them.”

In a previous media statement, Spanish giant Mediapro said, “We have a 10-year relationship with Mr Allen and, like all projects we produce, we judge the creator by its work.“

Source: deadline.com

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Published on 25 Jun 1919
movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

Judi Dench has defended the work of Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.

The veteran British actress has previously criticized Spacey and Weinstein over their alleged sexual harassment, but she told UK publication The Radio Times that the men’s work should not be diminished.

In reference to Spacey being removed from Ridley Scott's 2017 film All the Money In The World, the Oscar-winner said, “What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did [as artistic director] &ndash how wonderful he's been in all those films? Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced?“

“You cannot deny somebody a talent,” continued the Skyfall actress. “You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting [the Renaissance painter was also a murderer]. You might as well never have gone to see Noël Coward [the Brit playwright was accused of predatory behavior].“

The Shakespeare In Love actress was a regular collaborator with Weinstein but was quick to condemn his behavior following the many allegations of misconduct and assault against him, which she said she knew nothing about. Weinstein has denied all charges of non-consensual sex.

London theater The Old Vic received at least 20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behavior by Spacey, who was its artistic director between 2004 and 2015. None led to criminal prosecution. The former House Of Cards actor appeared earlier this month in a Massachusetts courthouse as part of a case in which he is accused of groping a young man in 2016, an allegation he denies.

Dench also defended Spacey, whom she describes as a “good friend”, at last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival. At a press conference the actress said, “I can't approve, in any way, of the fact that &mdash whatever he has done &mdash that you then start to cut him out of the films…Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offence, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don't know&hellip.“

Source: deadline.com

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Published on 05 Jun 1919
movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival

Woody Allen is officially gearing up to film his next feature in Spain this July with a cast that includes Christoph Wz, Gina Gershon, Louis Garrel, and “The Skin I Live In“ favorite Elena Anaya. The movie is a comedy-romance about a married American couple traveling to the San Sebastian Film Festival. The event’s director, José Luis Rebordinos, tells IndieWire he is excited Allen has chosen San Sebastian as the setting of his new movie. Allen’s return is controversial given the allegation of sexual assault made against him by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.

“We are delighted to have a master of the stature of Woody Allen shooting in San Sebastian and, in addition, that the film takes place at the San Sebastian Film Festival,” Rebordinos said in a statement. “It is a unique occasion for both the city and the Festival.”

Allen has been a regular presence at the San Sebastian Film Festival over the years. The director opened the festival in 2004 with the world premiere of “Melinda and Melinda” and later screened his eventual Oscar winner “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” The director has also received the festival’s greatest honor, the Premio Donostia award. The San Sebastian Film Festival is one of the longest-running international film festivals in the world having been founded in 1952 this year the festival is celebrating its 67th edition.

Allen’s new movie is filming under the working title “Wasp 2019.” The plot centers around a married couple finding other lovers during their trip to San Sebastian. The wife begins an affair with a French movie director while the husband falls in love with a beautiful Spanish woman who is a San Sebastian local. The film is being described as “a comedy-romance that resolves itself in a funny but romantic way.“

With production on the movie beginning next month, it’s still uncertain how Allen plans to release his previous movie, “A Rainy Day in New York,” in U.S. theaters. The director recently got back U.S. release rights to the movie, which was originally produced by Amazon Studios and then shelved because of Farrow’s allegation. Amazon’s decision resulted in Allen filing a $68 million lawsuit against the studio. Allen self-released a trailer for “Rainy Day” last month. The comedy stars Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet, and Jude Law.

Source: Indiewire

movie news 'Blackbird,' Starring Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, to Open San Sebastian Film Festival
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