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53 EME FESTIVAL
DE DONOSTIA - SAN SEBASTIAN

Du 15 au 24 septembre 2005

Like every year, San Sebastian enjoyed with his international film festival, during 10 days more than 200 films divided in 6 different sections, producers, directors, actors, stars… are mixed with the locals.

This edition started with a bad news, the director Robert Wise died in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 91. One of the sections this year was dedicated to his figure and the people had the opportunity to see all his films, including the famous musicals “West Side Story” and “The sound of music”. He visited the film festival in 1994 like the president of the jury and this time because his age he decided to stay in his home. His wife, Millicent Wise arrived to San Sebastian the 14th of September to participate in the opening ceremony. After some hours in the city she received the bad news and she returned immediately to the United States.

The other section dedicated to a director was Abel Ferrara. He participated in the opening ceremony and gave thanks to the organization of the festival for this opportunity and honor. This year’s thematic retrospective is called “Rebellious and Untamed” and included a series of films that show the liberation of women from various viewpoints some of the films are: “Thelma &Louise”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “La vieille dame indigne”, “Boys Don’t Cry”…


Abel Ferrara

The Donostia Award is given to a star to thank their contribution to the film industry, a lot of stars already receive it (Gregory Peck, Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Susan Sarandon, Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Michael Douglas, Al Pacino…) The president of this edition’s international jury Angelica Houston had her own Donostia Award also in 1999. Willem Dafoe and Ben Gazzara are the two stars including in that special list. Two fantastic actors working between Hollywood and the independent film industry with a spectacular success.

The Hollywood movies were outside in the two main sections (Official & Open Zone), the European films were the real stars. The Spanish “Obaba” opened the Official Section with a big quality and it is quite sure that it will be the Spanish candidate for the Oscars. Anthony Hopkins’ last film “The world’s Fastest Indian” was presented also. France was also in the Official Competition with “Entre ses mains” and “Jen e suis pas là pour être aimé” with very good critics. The last film of the director Michael Wintterbotton “ A cock and Bull Story” also liked a lot to the critics. Apart from those mentioned ones there were presented also films from Germany, China, Brasil, Denmark…


William Dafoe

The section Open Zone was divided into two different groups: The Festivals’ Top were you could found the films coming from the other international film festivals and The New Director’s section giving them the opportunity to show their films and to be known and also and award of 90.000 € .
From Cannes 2005 came “Match Point” the last film of Woody Allen (Donostia Award 2004) and also “Me and you and everyone we know” (Winer of the “Critics’ Week” in Cannes).

In the New Director’s section were presented two French movies: “Alex” (Jose Alcala) and “Sauf le respect que je vous dois” (Fabienne Godet). With a film in this section “Shadowboxer” (Lee Daniels) the afroamerican actor Cuba Good Wing Jr. visited San Sebastian.


Good Wing Junior

The Horizontes Selection features the best cinema from Latin America and between all of them the winer received the Horizontes Award ( 18.000 €). Last years all the best Spanish productions were also presented in “Made in Spain 05”.

Now we need to wait until September 2006 to enjoy again with this fantastic and important International Film Festival.

Aritz Dendategi Alkorta

LES CELEBRITES 2005


Abel Ferrara

Good Wing Junior

Angelica Houston

Bertrand Tavernier


William Dafoe

 



William Dafoe
Ils sont venus à San Sebastian en 2004...

Pedro Almodovar

Annette Bening

Jeff Bridge

Morgan Freeman

Woody Allen

Francis Ford Coppola

Robert De Niro

Javier Bardem

Juan Diego Botto

Jessica Lange

Ewan Mc Gregor

Charlize Theron

Harvey Keitel

Kevin Kostner

Vanessa Red Grave

Robert Duvall

Sean Penn

Claude Chabrol

Mark Whaleberg

Isabelle Hupert

Crédit photo : Aritz Dendategi
pour www.gouvenelstudio.com

Site officiel du festival : www.sansebastianfestival.com

San Sebastian festival 2005 | San Sebastian festival 2006