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62nd San Sebastian Inernational Film Festival
18 September 2014
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Numerous personalities from the international film scene, various sections, new filmmakers, industry activities and the special Eastern Promises - Autobiography of Eastern Europe retrospective - the 62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival opens tomorrow, September 19, lasting till the 27th of the same month.

The festival will honour Benicio del Toro and Denzel Washington with the Donostia Award, given to a great film personality in recognition for their work and career. John Malkovich, Pedro Almodovar, Willem Dafoe, Viggo Mortensen, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Antonio Banderas will be attending – among others. 

Uniting the latest films by outstanding filmmakers on the international panorama, the Official Selection section of the festival includes this year the film Automata by Gabe Ibanez with Antonio Banderas, a Bulgarian/French co-production competing for the Golden Shell award. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep will be screened at the Pearls section, while, in the New Directors section there are three Balkan co-productions: Modris by Juris Kursietis, a Latvian, Greek, German co-production, the Romanian Toto And His Sisters by Alexander Nanau and The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov from Bulgaria. 

Interesting industry activities are also scheduled for the Industry section of the festival. Meetings and professional rendezvous, presentations, press conferences, round tables and events will be organised to facilitate professional contacts, the buying and selling of films, and the exchanging of experiences.

This year, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the festival organises a big retrospective on Eastern European Cinema. A cycle of 50 films produced since 2000 in the countries that lived under Soviet influence post-World War II, aiming at discovering the creative wealth of these film industries and the new talents to have emerged in the last decade. 

Several Balkan films and co-productions are included in the program:

Bread and Milk by Jan Cvitkovic, Slovenia, 2001

No Man΄s Land by Danis Tanovic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France/Slovenia/Italy/UK/Belgium, 2001

Letter To America by Iglika Triffonova, Bulgaria/Netherlands/Hungary, 2001

Georgi And The Butterflies by Andrey Paounov, Bulgaria/Canada/Finland/Netherlands/Norway/UK/USA, 2004

How I Killed A Saint by Teona Strugar MItevska, F.Y.R.O.M./France/Slovenia, 2004

Suburbs by Vinko Moderndorfer, Slovenia, 2004

Lost And Found - Six Glances Of A Generation by Stefan Arsenijevic, Nadezhda Koseva, Mait Laas, Kornel Mundruczo, Jasmila Zbanic, Cristian Mungiu, Germany/Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary, 2005

Esma΄s Secret by Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia & Herzegovina/Croatia/Austria/Germany, 2006

The Flower Bridge by Thomas Ciulei, Romania/Germany, 2008

Eastern Plays by Kamen Kalev, Bulgaria/Sweeden, 2009

Katalin Varga by Peter Strickland, UK/Romania, 2009

Morgen by Marian Crisan, Romania/France/Hungary, 2010

Amnesty by Bujar Alimani, Albania/Greece/France, 2011

Punk Is Not Dead by Vladimir Blazevski, F.Y.R.O.M./Serbia, 2011

Children Of Sarajevo by Aida Begic, Bosnia & Herzegovina/Germany/France/Turkey, 2012

Beyond The Hills by Cristian Mungiu, Romania/France/Belgium, 2012

Panihida by Ana Felicia Scutelnicu, Germany/Moldova, 2012

Circles by Srdjan Golubovic, Serbia/Germany/France/Slovenia/Croatia, 2013

The festival will also award Richard Linklater’s latest Boyhood with the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2014 – Best Film of the Year.

  12:08 East of Bucharest
  The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  Eastern Plays
  Punk`s Not Dead
  California Dreamin` (Endless)
  Beyond the Hills
  No Man`s Land
  Esma's Secret
  Death Of A Man In Balkans
  Children of Sarajevo
  Tomorrow Morning
  Georgi and the Butterflies
  Letter to America
  Fine Dead Girls
  The Blacks
  The Life and Death of a Porno Gang
  Lost and Found - Six Glances of a Generation
  Winter Sleep
  How I Killed a Saint
  Bread and Milk
  Katalin Varga
  The Flower Bridge
  The Lesson
  Toto and His Sisters
  Dalibor Matanic
  Nadejda Koseva
  Srdan Golubovic
  Cristian Mungiu
  Cristi Puiu
  Cristian Nemescu
  Bujar Alimani
  Kamen Kalev
  Corneliu Porumboiu
  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  Vladimir Blazevski
  Marian Crisan
  Jan Cvitkovic
  Stefan Arsenijevic
  Oleg Novkovic
  Danis Tanovic
  Jasmila Zbanic
  Miroslav Momcilovic
  Teona Strugar Mitevska
  Aida Begic
  Andrey Paounov
  Iglika Trifonova
  Mladen Djordjevic
  Zvonimir Juric
  Goran Devic
  Thomas Ciulei
  Mait Laas
  Kornel Mundruczo
  Juris Kursietis
  Vinko Moderndorfer
  Peter Strickland
  Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Alexander Nanau
  San Sebastian Film Festival 2013
  San Sebastian IFF '14 Industry Program
  Eastern Promises Retrospective Trailer
  Eastern Promises - Autobiography of Eastern Europe Retrospective
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