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Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard to be honoured at San Sebastian Film Festival

People walk past close to a poster promoting a film with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz
People walk past close to a poster promoting a film with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz Copyright AP
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By Jez Fielder
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The 69th edition of the international film festival begins Friday with the premiere of 'La Fortuna' by Alejandro Amenabar, one of the young talents of Spanish cinema.


The San Sebastian International Film Festival opens its doors this Friday evening at the famous La Concha beach.

Every year celebrities flock to the Basque city on Spain's Atlantic coast for the event.

This year sees two big names receiving the Donostia Award: Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard will take home the award, which recognises outstanding contributions to the film world.

Following their appearance at the Venice Film Festival, Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz will also be at the San Sebastian event.

Sigourney Weaver, star of Alien and Ghostbusters has been chosen to grace the festival's official poster this year.

SSIFF 2021
Official posterSSIFF 2021

There are 16 films, two-thirds of which are from Europe, running for the highest award, the Golden Concha.

Spain will be highly represented of course, as San Sebastian is a true landmark of Hispanic cinema.

Among the films premiering here is the highly anticipated The Good Boss, a gritty comedy starring Javier Bardem.

Finally, the festival will be introducing new cinematographic names, like up-and-coming talent Alejandro Amenábar, who will be premiering his series 'La Fortuna'. The series follows the story of long lost treasure that resurfaces from the bottom of the sea.

Sustainable fashion will also be present at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition in the shape of recovering textile, in this case from the red carpet. They will be made from recycled materials that will be turned into clothing once the event is over.

The San Sebastian Film Festival runs from 17 to 25 September.

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