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Wes Anderson and Jane Campion to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award.

‘The French Dispatch’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ complete the Perlak selection.

Donostia-San Sebastián Spain – Two new titles join the Perlak section at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition: The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s latest film, presented at Cannes, and The Power of the Dog, marking the return of filmmaker Jane Campion, to have its premiere shortly at Venice Festival. Both films will compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award.

The French Dispatch, telling a story set in an outpost of an American newspaper, comes with an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Benicio del Toro. This will be Anderson’s first participation in the Perlak section, although his films Rushmore (2012) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) were included in the Very Funny Things. New American Comedy and Animatopia. The new paths of animation cinema retrospectives, respectively.

The Perlak section will also include The Power of the Dog, shortly to compete for the Golden Lion at Venice Festival. Jane Campion’s new film, taking its inspiration from the homonymous novel by Thomas Savage, follows a confrontation between brothers embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, accompanied in the cast by Kirsten Dunst and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Among other awards, the moviemaker from New Zealand also won the Special Jury Prize at the Mostra with An Angel at my Table (1990) and the Palme d’Or at Cannes with The Piano (1993), which also carried off three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay.  

Perlak is a selection of the year’s most outstanding features, not yet screened in Spain, and to have received critical acclaim and/or awards at other international festivals. The films compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award, including two prizes for the distributors of the film in Spain: one for Best Film (50,000 euros) and the other for Best European Film (20,000 euros).   

At the 69th edition, spectators at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre will enjoy the latest proposals from Sean Baker, Emmanuel Carrère, Julia Ducournau, Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Xavier Giannoli, Ryusuke Hamaguchi (twofold), Todd Haynes, Joachim Lafosse, François Ozon, Céline Sciamma, Paul Verhoeven and Wen Shipei.

THE FRENCH DISPATCHWES ANDERSON (USA)Country(ies) of production: USACast: Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan, Christopher Waltz, Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Lea Seydoux, Willem Dafoe, Liev Schreiber, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend

The film is a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray. 

THE POWER OF THE DOGJANE CAMPION (NEW ZEALAND)Country(ies) of production: New Zealand – AustraliaCast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Marion Cotillard to receive a Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition.

The French actress will collect the honorary award on September 17 during the opening ceremony.

Donostia-San Sebastián Spain Marion Cotillard, one of contemporary cinema’s most international French actresses, will receive a Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition. She will collect the honorary award on Friday, September 17, during the Festival opening ceremony at the Kursaal Auditorium.

Cotillard, winner of the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for her role as Édith Piaf in La Môme La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, 2007), has shone brightly in European and North American productions, putting equal talent into dramatic, comedy and action roles alongside filmmakers including Michael Mann, Christopher Nolan, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, James Gray, the Dardenne brothers, Arnaud Desplechin, Nicole Garcia, Leos Carax and her partner, the director and actor Guillaume Canet.

Born in Paris into a family of artists, she made her acting debut while still a young child in one of the plays staged by her father, Jean-Claude Cotillard. After participating in TV series, she performed her first part for the cinema in L’histoire du garçon qui voulait qu’on l’embrasse (Philippe Harel, 1994). Her participation in Taxi (Gérard Pirès, 1998) garnered her the first of her six César Award nominations. She would later slip into the skin of Lilly Bertineau in Taxi 2 (2000) and Taxi 3 (2003) −both directed by Gérard Krawczyk– the sequels of the action box-office hit written and produced by Luc Besson.

Cotillard doubled up to play clashing twin sisters in Les jolies choses / Pretty Things (Gilles Paquet-Brenner, 2001), for which she landed yet another Best New Actress César nomination. Her fame in France grew thanks to the romantic comedy, Jeux d’enfants / Love Me if You Dare (Yann Samuell, 2003), after which she made her first Hollywood incursion with the North American Tim Burton, in the ensemble cast of Big Fish (2003). She finally won the César for Best Supporting Actress in the romantic drama set against the background of war Un long dimanche de fiançailles / A Very Long Engagement, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004). That same year she featured in the cast of Innocence (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2004), winner of the New Directors Award in San Sebastian. After working in Mary (Abel Ferrara, Perlak, 2005), Sauf le respect que je vous dois / Burn Out (Fabienne Godet, New Directors, 2005) and Fair Play (Lionel Baillu, Kutxa New Directors Award, 2006), the actress embodied the restaurant owner and love interest of Russel Crowe’s character in A Good Year (2006), by Ridley Scott.  

Her acclaimed recreation of the famous singer Édith Piaf represented a before and after in her career on becoming the first French actress to win the Oscar for a performance in the French language. Her role in La Môme / La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, 2007) also earned Cotillard the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and her second César Award, this time as Leading Actress. She received the French Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters shortly afterwards. 

From then on, Marion Cotillard ranked up her appearances in Hollywood productions including Public Enemies (Michael Mann, 2009), in which she played Billie Frechette, girlfriend of the gangster John Dillinger; the musical Nine (Rob Marshall, 2009), in which she once again displayed her skills as a singer and dancer; in the action movies Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), both directed by Christopher Nolan; the comedies Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011), the thrillers Contagion (Steven Soderbergh, 2011), Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet, 2013), Allied (Robert Zemeckis, 2016); or the dramas The Immigrant (James Gray, 2013), her first leading role in a North American movie, and Macbeth (Justin Kurzel, 2015).

Meanwhile, the actress has continued to work with important European filmmakers including Jacques Audiard (De rouille et d’os / Rust and Bone, 2012) and the Dardenne brothers (Deux jours, une nuite / Two Days, One Night, 2014), landing her fifth and sixth César nominations respectively. She has also worked under the orders of Xavier Dolan (Juste la fin du monde / It’s Only the End of the World, 2016), Arnaud Desplechin (Les fantômes d’Ismaël / Ismael’s Ghosts, 2017) and Leos Carax, with whom she recently starred in Annette (2021), an unclassifiable musical which opened this year’s official competition at the Festival de Cannes.  

She has worked alongside actors and actresses including Matthew Modine, Forest Whitaker, Christian Bale, Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clive Owen, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincent Cassel, Benoît Magimel, François Cluzet, Adam Driver and Johnny Depp, who will also receive the Donostia Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition.

A strong supporter of environmental protection, the actress is also the producer of Bigger Than Us, a documentary by Flore Vasseur (who’s also co-producing, along with Denis Carot from Elzévir Films) lending a voice to the youths committed to change. The film will show in San Sebastian as a Donostia Award Special Screening on September 18 at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre. It was previously programmed at the Festival de Cannes alongside other titles intended to raise awareness in the audience on climate change and its effect on the environment. 

Tickets for the ceremony at which Cotillard will receive the award will go on sale on September 12. The Award will be presented during the Festival opening gala (September 17) and will include the screening of Rosa Rosae. La Guerra Civil / Rosa Rosae. A Spanish Civil War Elegy, a short film by Carlos Saura, together with Zhang Yimou’s Yi miao zhong / One Second feature film.