Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried in Atom Egoyan's Chloe Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried in Atom Egoyan's Chloe

The 57th San Sebastian Film Festival runs from September 18 to 26.

Among the films screening is Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, which will be given the Fipresci Best Film Of The Year of the award at the festival's opening gala. The festival will open with Atom Egoyan's Chloe - starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried - and close with Rodrigo García's Mother And Child.

Retrospectives include a showcase of the work of Richard Brooks, plus Backwash: The Cutting Edge Of French Cinema - a look back at the past decade in French film.

View Films by Strand:

View previous years coverage of the San Sebastian Film Festival festival:

Box office and information

SSFF Latest Reviews

Mother And Child
Mother And Child
Tale of three women and maternal love.
When You're Strange
When You're Strange
Documentary tracking the rise of The Doors, featuring rare footage of the band and Jim Morrison.
Le Refuge
Le Refuge
A pregnant woman whose boyfriend dies of an overdose forms an unexpected bond with his brother.
The Secret In Their Eyes
The Secret In Their Eyes
A man looks back at a crime that happened a quarter of a century previously.
A closeted gay fisherman finds himself trapped in an unusual love triangle.
Whatever Works
Whatever Works
An misanthropic New Yorker develops a relationship with a young woman from Mississippi.
Leo's Room
Leo's Room
A chance encounter between two school friends has unexpected implications for their lives.
A chef - and former killer - returns to Hong Kong to avenge the deaths of his daughter's family.
The White Ribbon
The White Ribbon
Tensions in a German town on the eve of the First World War.
City Of Life And Death
City Of Life And Death
Dramatisation of the Rape of Nanjing, seen from a dual perspective.
A-Z of San Sebastian Film Festival 2009 reviews >>>

San Sebastian Film Festival Features

The Secret of success
Director Juan José Campanella talks about his Oscar-winner The Secret In Their Eyes
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day Seven
Ana Kokkinos and Mirando Otto on Blessed, Brenda Blethyn on London River and Yuki & Nina.
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day Six
Blessed, Together and Sir Ian McKellen picks up Donostia.
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day Five
Hadewijch, Jim Jarmusch and The Limits Of Control
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day Four
A chat with Juan Jose Campanella and Mathias Glasner, Get Low, Mother and The Scouting Book For Boys
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day Three
The White Ribbon, This Is Love, The Dancer And The Thief and the hazards of working in multiple languages.
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day Two
Atom Egoyan on Chloe, Francois Ozon on Le Refuge, The Secret Of Their Eyes and Northless
San Sebastian Film Festival: Day One
Chloe, Inglourious Basterds, Whatever Works and a wall of prawns.

San Sebastian Film Festival News

City Of Life And Death wins top prize at San Sebastian
Hard-hitting tale of Rape Of Nanjing takes home Golden Shell.
Sir Ian McKellen to receive Donostia Award
Veteran British actor to receive San Sebastian accolade.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

More news and features

Playing Now

Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

New Directors/New Films
Showcase of up and coming film talent

Glasgow Short Film Festival
The second online edition of the popular festival


South by Southwest
SXSW is running online for 2021

New York's Rendez-Vous With French Cinema
Gallic film celebration

In the Archive

Archive of festival coverage.

Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.