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Curtain lifts on San Sebastian Film Festival


Richard Gere and Liv Ullmann will be honoured for their life’s work at Spain’s most prestigious film festival, which kicked off yesterday evening (20/9).

The San Sebastian Film Festival opened with David Cronenberg’s London criminal underworld offering ‘Eastern Promises’, but will take a political turn over the next 10 days.

Nick Broomfield’s ‘Battle for Haditha’ will focus on the Iraq conflict, namely the killing of 24 civilians by US marines in Haditha in 2005.

Afghanistan also features in the line up, with Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf’s ‘Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame’. The film tells the story of a girl’s journey to school in an Afghan village hit by Taliban destruction in 2001.

Festival director Mikel Olaciregui said: “This year’s festival has a wide and varied look to show different forms of understanding cinema.”

The winner of the festival’s coveted Golden Shell - for which 16 films are competing - will be announced on September 29.


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