Magazine article Variety

Ten Things to Know about the Festival

Magazine article Variety

Ten Things to Know about the Festival

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RED CARPET ROYALTY

Sigourney Weaver and Ethan Hawke receive career-achievement Donostia Awards from the San Sebastian festival. Gael Garcia Bernal will be honored with the fest's new Jaeger- LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award. Expected to be on hand are Javier Bardem, Jennifer Connelly, Richard Gere, Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Ewan McGregor, and Hugh Grant.

AWARDS CONTENDERS

"Arrival" with Amy Adams, closes San Sebastian's Pearls section, while Liam Neeson-starrer "A Monster Calls" receives its European premiere.

TELEFONICA

If one company in Spain looks set to shake up the local film and TV scene, it's giant Telefonica's Movistar Plus. A Sept. 17 panel showcases its original series talent.

WORLD PREMIERES

Alberto Rodriguez's "Smoke & Mirrors," Jonas Trueba's "The Reconquest," and Rodrigo Sorogoyen's "May God Save Us" head Spain's competition bows. Also world premiering are Pole Bartosz Kowalski's "Playground" and Argentine Emiliano Torres' "The Winter."

EUROPE FILM FORUM

San Sebastian's second European Film Forum, taking place Sept. 18, focuses on connecting with digital natives.

NAVARRE TAX BREAKS

Multiple "Game of Thrones" scenes were shot in Spain. …

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