San Sebastian Film Festival 2022: a 70th edition full of good cinema and stars (despite the last-minute withdrawal of Glenn Close)

San Sebastian Film Festival 2022: a 70th edition full of good cinema and stars (despite the last-minute withdrawal of Glenn Close)

The great cinematographic event of our country, the San Sebastián Film Festival, kicks off today in no less than its 70th edition, a historic and round figure that will be celebrated with a great poster, both in terms of quantity and quality of the films projected as at the level of stars that will visit Donostia these next few days.

The start, however, has had a small bump after Glenn Close, who was going to preside over the jury, suddenly canceled his attendance at the last moment due to a family emergency.

“I deeply regret not being able to participate in the festival due to a family emergency that requires me to stay home. I apologize to the festival, the jury, the filmmakers, the Donostia Awards and the public for not being able to be there to celebrate with them," the actress said in a statement.

The director of the festival, José Luis Rebordinos, lamented her absence, but also stressed in El Diario Vasco that the event is not going to tarnish: “It is clear that we are upset. Having a president of the jury who falls three days before the opening of the festival is hard. It already happened on another occasion with Chazz Palminteri in 2003. I tell my team that in cases like this we can't do anything, five minutes to cry and in the sixth to move on”.

And so they have done, naming the Argentine producer Matías Mosteirín (Wild Tales, Truman) as the new president of the jury, who will be accompanied by the writer Rosa Montero and the filmmakers Tea Lindeburg, Antoinette Boulat, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and Hlynur Pálmason.

Among the big stars who have confirmed their presence, the Donostia Awards especially shine, as they do every year, starting with the French actress Juliette Binoche, who is also the star of the festival's official poster. It makes sense that a performer with more than 70 films under her belt is the face of the event in its 70th edition. One of the latest, Fuego, with which Claire Denis won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the last Berlinale, will be screened at the Kursaal during the award ceremony.

The other Donostia Award will be the Canadian director and screenwriter David Cronenberg, whose Eastern Promises already opened the competition in 2007. Now, apart from receiving the award, he will also present his latest work, Crimes of the Future, starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, and which competed at the last Cannes Film Festival.

Among the international stars announced are also the actors Diane Kruger and Liam Neeson, protagonists of Marlowe, a feature film that will close the official section. It has been directed by Neil Jordan (Teardrops, Interview with the Vampire) and marks the return to the screen of Philip Marlowe, the detective created by the genius of noir, Raymond Chandler, and who Humphrey Bogart (The Big Sleep) already played. or Elliot Gould (The Long Goodbye), among others.

Actress and director Olivia Wilde is also expected to present (out of competition) Don't Worry Darling, one of the most talked about films of the year due to all the controversy that has surrounded it. However, no member of her cast, commanded by Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pine, will accompany her.

A regular such as the Argentine Ricardo Darín will not miss the appointment either (this year to promote Argentina, 1985). And among the Spanish stars, Penélope Cruz stands out, who will come to San Sebastián to support In the Margins, the social film by Juan Diego Botto that recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and also to collect the National Film Award.

The film commissioned to open Zinemaldia today is also one of the most highly anticipated, as is often the case: Modelo 77, the long-awaited return to the cinema of Alberto Rodríguez (The Minimum Island), who has not released a feature film since 2016 (although he did the acclaimed series in between). The plague) with The man with a thousand faces.

It is a prison drama starring Miguel Herrán (The paper house), who will parade down the red carpet, like other of its main actors, such as Javier Gutiérrez and Fernando Tejero. The official section also has another well-known homecoming, that of Jaime Rosales with Girasoles Salvajes (starring Oriol Pla and Anna Castillo, who we will also see), which has not premiered since Petra (2018). The Spanish representation is completed by The Rite of Spring, by Fernando Franco; The Maternal, by Pilar Palomero; and Suro, by Mikel Gurrea.

The five will compete for the Golden Shell alongside international heavyweights such as France's Christophe Honoré, who presents Winter Boy (which also features the ubiquitous Binoche in the cast); the Korean Hong Sang-soo, who does the same with Top; or the Chilean Sebastián Lelio (who won the Oscar in 2017 for A Fantastic Woman), who arrives with The Wonder, a psychological drama set in 19th-century Ireland and starring Florence Pugh.