Denzel Washington's The Equalizer to open San Sebastian

US actor will receive Donostia Lifetime Achievement award.

by Amber Wilkinson

Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, which will open San Sebastian Film Festival.
Denzel Washington in The Equalizer, which will open San Sebastian Film Festival.
The European premiere of Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer will open the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, it was announced today.

Denzel Washington - who stars as an ex-black ops commando who comes out of retirement to rescue a girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) from Russian Gangsters in the film - will receive a Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening gala.

The Equalizer will screen out-of-competition on September 19, with Fuqua also in attendance.

The film - based on the TV show starring Edward Woodward - was written by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic, The Expendables 2) and marks the second time Washington has teamed up with Fuqua. Their previous collaboration, Training Day, saw Washington win the Oscar for Best Actor.

Washington picked up his first TV film credit in 1977, with Wilma. He made his film debut in 1981 with the comedy Carbon Copy, but he first became popular as Dr. Philip Chandler in TV medical drama St Elsewhere. At the same time, his film career began to take off, with roles in A Soldier's Story, For Queen And Country and Cry Freedom, which earned him his first Oscar nomination as best supporting actor.

He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Edward Zwick's Glory and, in addition to his Best Actor statuette for Training Day, he has also picked up nominations for Malcolm X, The Hurricane and Flight.

The festival runs from September 19 to 27. The film goes on general release in Spain on October 17. No UK release date has been announced.

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