Javier Bardem will receive the Donostia Award at the 71st San Sebastián Film Festival, to be held from September 22 to 30.
The Spanish actor, winner of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, seven Goyas and the best actor award at Cannes, Venice and San Sebastián, will receive the highest honorary recognition of the contest at the opening gala, 30 years after your first visit.
Javier Bardem also stars in the official poster of the contest, work of the advertising agency Dimension from photographs of Nico Bustos, where we want to highlight the chameleon nature of the actor throughout his varied filmography in Spanish, European and American cinema.
⭐️ It is an honor that the image of the 71st edition is Javier Bardem. @BardemAntarctic is currently the most prestigious Spanish actor internationally and the Festival has
witnessed its evolution from the very beginning. pic.twitter.com/jA8DsPNheu
— Donostia Zinemaldia – San Sebastian Festival (@sansebastianfes) May 12, 2023
In San Sebastián, the evolution of Javier Bardem’s career has been followed through his multiple visits to the festival: from the first with ‘Golden Eggs’ (Bigas Luna, Official Section in 1993) until the last one with ‘The good boss’ (Fernando León de Aranoa in Official Section, 2021), going through his Silver Shell for Best Actor for ‘Numbered days’ (Imanol Uribe) and ‘The detective and death’ (Gonzalo Suárez), in 1994.
Bardem also received the National Film Award in San Sebastián in 2008 and has delivered other Donostia Awards to great figures of international cinema such as john malkovich (1998), robert deniro (2000) or Julia Roberts (2010).
Javier Bardem and other Spanish Donostia Awards
Bardem is the sixth Spanish actor to receive the most important honorary award at the San Sebastian Festival, after Fernando Fernan Gomez (1999), Paco Rabal (2001), Antonio Banderas (2008), carmen maura (2013) and Penelope Cruz (2019), his own partner. It takes over from the Donostia Awards delivered last year, which recognized the trajectories of Juliette Binoche and David Cronenberg on the 70th anniversary of Zinemaldia.
As for the presence of Bardem on the festival poster, it follows the line inaugurated in 2018, dedicating the important space of the image that dominates each edition of the contest to celebrate a contemporary figure of great relevance in the world of cinema. Previous ones chosen for that focus have been Isabelle Huppert, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Sigourney Weaver and Juliette Binoche.
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