James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander in Submergence James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander in Submergence

The festival opened on September 22 with the European premiere of Wim Wenders' Submergence and closed on September 30 with The Wife.

Argentinian star Ricardo Darín and Monica Bellucci received lifetime Donostia Awards. There was also a retrospective programme of Joseph Losey films. The Golden Shell was won by The Disaster Artist.

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Wonders Of The Sea
Wonders Of The Sea
Nature documentary, narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Braguino
Braguino
Documentary about a remote Siberian town and a feud between two families who live there.
The Desert Bride
The Desert Bride
When a live-in maid's path crosses that of a travelling salesman, her life will change forever.
The Captain
The Captain
At the end of the Second World War, a young German soldier steals a captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer he gathers a group of deserters and proceeds to kill is way through a beaten Nazi Germany.
Summer 1993
Summer 1993
A young girl struggles to adapt to her new life in the countryside after the death of her mum.
Mountain
Mountain
Documentary about the world's highest peaks.
The Leisure Seeker
The Leisure Seeker
An old couple take a road trip despite his Alzheimer's and her inability to stop talking
The Third Murder
The Third Murder
Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi - a crime he admits - but as he digs into the case, he begins to wonder if his client is guilty after all.
Village Rockstars
Village Rockstars
A young village girl in northeast India wants to start her own rock band.
On Body And Soul
On Body And Soul
A slaughterhouse becomes an unlikely setting for romance.
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San Sebastian Film Festival Features

The public Eye
C'est La Vie! star Haïdara on the art of comedy, her rising career and fighting racial stereotypes
The power of a uniform
Robert Schwentke on his Hollywood career, Stanley Kubrick, JG Ballard and The Captain
Being confrontational
Robert Schwentke on German cinema, Carl Zuckmayer, Emil Jannings and The Captain
Actors’s pride for 120 Beats Per Minute
Award-winner Biscayart on sexuality, activism and the pink condom
Campillo’s beat goes on
Director on AIDS drama 120 BPM, writing from the heart and collaboration
Varda hits the road again
New Wave icon on Faces Places, honours, outsiders and Demy
Östlund’s Monkey business
The Square director goes animal crackers.

San Sebastian Film Festival News

San Sebastian announces first Competition titles
Claire Denis, Naomi Kawase and Kim Jee-woon join line-up
Triumph for Disaster Artist
Franco picks up Golden Shell in San Sebastian
Varda and Bellucci to receive Donostia Awards
John Malkovich to head jury
Wiseman, Sang-soo and Abramovich head to San Sebastian
Directors join Zabaltegi-Tabakalera competition
San Sebastian's Savage Cinema announced
Rory Kennedy and Jennifer Peedom join line-up
San Sebastian announces more Competition titles
James Franco, Diego Lerman and Barbara Albert join line-up
Submergence to open San Sebastian
Wim Wenders and Alicia Vikander to present film at festival.
Marrowbone, Handia head for San Sebastian
Spanish language film titles announced
Ricardo Darín to be honoured with Donostia
San Sebastian celebrate work of Argentinian star.
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