SAN SEBASTIAN, September 23 (EFE).- Hours after the winners of the San Sebastian Festival were announced, Spanish cinema is emerging as a favorite for a Golden Shell that will put the finishing touches on this Saturday’s 70th edition. Where there was no lack of controversy, social criticism and the glamor of stars like Penelope Cruz or Ana de Armas.
“La Maternal,” a play about teenage mothers from Zaragoza by Pilar Palomero, and “Sacredness of Spring,” a Fernando Franco film that debates the sexual rights of the disabled, headline the pools.
Also “Suro”, the first feature of Basque director Mikel Guerrera, may surprise because its story about a couple in crisis that touches on issues such as the relationship between man and nature or racism, has made a good impression.
Among the internationals, the best received is “The Kings of the World”, by the Colombian Laura Mora, a oneiric “road movie” starring the street children of Medellin, who speak of friendship and invite us to reflect on the violence and land recovery policy of Colombia.
He also has a number of options to be among the “Sparta” winners of Austrian Ulrich Seidel, who canceled his visit to San Sebastian due to the controversy caused by the publication of a report that accused him of inappropriate behavior with minors. set
The film is a raw and unsettling portrait of a man’s inner struggle with pedophile tendencies -which the film does not fulfil-, narrated with a high degree of restraint and tension.
Another controversial absence was that of Mexican “pornoinfluencer” Lalo Santos, protagonist of the Argentinian film “Pornomelancholia”, who refused to travel to San Sebastián under the circumstances of the film, a “docufiction” based on his life. .
For the second year in a row, San Sebastian’s winners will include an acting award that does not differentiate between genders.
If last year ‘Exaico’ was given to Danish Flora Ophelia and Jessica Chastain, this year will most likely repeat a female name as the favorite is British Florence Pugh for her work in Sebastian Lelio’s “The Wonder”, without. Forgetting the Japanese Masaki Suda, Akira Kurosawa’s music for “One Hundred Flowers”.
Pugh has not passed through San Sebastián since he was immersed in the filming of the second installment of “Dune”, but the glamor part is covered by stars such as Penelope Cruz, Olivia Wilde or Ana de Armas, who landed this Friday in the capital donostiarra
Cruz went on to present Juan Diego Botto’s film about evictions, “En los Margins,” and collected the National Cinematography Award, which he announced would go to organizations affected by the evictions, cancer research, and supporting filmmakers. funds
David Cronenberg received his Donostia award – along with a telematic congratulations from his lead actor Viggo Mortensen – to plead for the art of disaster, while another great honoree, French actress Juliette Binoche, proved the value of silence.
In addition to cinema, the event has opened its arms to literature, with the presence of a Nobel Prize winner such as Kazuo Ishiguro, screenwriter of the film “Living” by British director Oliver Hermanus, which is featured in the Pearls section.
In music, with documentaries about Joaquín Sabina (“Feeling it a lot” by Fernando León de Arano) and Tequila (“Tequila. Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll”, Alvaro Longoria), who participated in the screening in San Sebastián.
Or in fashion, with the presentation of the filming of the series “Balenciaga” produced by Basque director Jon Garano, Aitor Arregi and José Mari Goenaga, with Alberto San Juan as the protagonist and whose premiere is scheduled for 2023 on Disney+.
For several years, television has also been present at the festival, although without participating in the competition and this time presenting series such as Movistar+’s “Apagón” and “Fácil” or Atresmedia’s “La novia gitana”.
The award ceremony will begin at Kursal Palace at 9 pm on Saturday.
The final word on the list of winners will be held by the jury chaired by Argentinian producer Matias Mosterin – after Glenn Close resigned at the last minute – French casting director Antoinette Boulat, Danish director T Lindeberg, Spanish writer Rosa. Montero, Lesotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Moses and Iceland’s Hlinur Palmason.