Varda and Bellucci to receive Donostia Awards

John Malkovich to head jury

by Amber Wilkinson

Filmmaker Agnes Varda will be honoured in San Sebastian
Filmmaker Agnes Varda will be honoured in San Sebastian Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival
Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda and Italian star Monica Bellucci have been announced as recipients of Donostia Awards at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival. It ends a good week for Varda, 89, who has also been announced as the first female director to receive an honorary Oscar, which she will receive on November 11.

They will join Argentine actor Ricardo Darín, previously announced as a recipient, at the festival, which runs from September 22 to 30.

Actress honoured with lifetime achievement accolade
Actress honoured with lifetime achievement accolade Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival
The festival has also announced the jury members for its 65th edition. Actor, writer and director John Malkovich will head the panel deciding on the Golden Shell. He will be joined by Argentine actor Dolores Fonzi (Truman), British director William Oldroyd, who won the FIPRESCI award for Lady Macbeth at last year's festival, Spanish actress Emma Suárez (Julieta), Italian producer and screenwriter Paula Vaccaro (Ginger And Rosa), Italian cinematographer Fabio Cianchetti (Hungry Hearts) and a jury member still to be confirmed.

In honour of Bellucci, the festival will screen Malena and Under Suspicion. Varda's Faces/Places will also screen at the festival.

Share this with others on...

Cinema, culture and modernity Olaf Möller on Helmut Käutner, Wolfgang Staudte and Harald Braun

History and destiny Olaf Möller on The Lost Years of German Cinema: 1949–1963

Getting with the programme Jairus McLeary on The Work and giving prisoners a future

Highlights of Russian Film Week We pick four of the best from London fest.

Independent Spirit Award nominations announced Call Me By Your Name leads charge

The Magic Faraway Tree in development Studiocanal plans to adapt Enid Blyton classic

More news and features

We're bringing you news, reviews and interviews with the stars from Made In Prague and the French Film Festival UK.

We've recently been covering Abertoir, the London Korean Film Festival, DOC NYC, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, the Cambridge Film Festival, the London East Asia Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the London Film Festival.

Read our full for recent coverage.

Visit our festivals section.


Win a copy of the Blu-ray and book of A Man Called Ove, plus a DVD, T-shirt and graphic novel of Eat Locals in our latest competitions.