Monday, September 10, 2007

55th San Sebastian Film Festival News

The actor Richard Gere and the actress and director Liv Ullmann, will receive the Donostia Award at the 55th San Sebastian Festival.

Earlier this year, Gere starred in Lasse Hallström's critically acclaimed film The Hoax. The film is based on the true story of Clifford Irving (Gere) who sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s.

The film co-stars Alfred Molina and Marcia Gay Harden. Additionally, this fall will see Gere grace the screen in two other releases: first, he will star in The Hunting Party, which tells the story of two journalists in post-war Bosnia. Following The Hunting Party, Gere will be seen in I’m Not There, a film that provides a view into the life and songs of the legendary Bob Dylan as told through seven-characters. The all-star cast includes Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger.

Liv Ullmann received the 1988 Award for Best Actress at San Sebastian, ex-aequo with Cipe Linkovsky, for her part in Jeannine Meerapfel's La Amiga (The Girlfriend).

By way of a tribute to Liv Ullmann, the San Sebastian Film Festival will screen her four feature films as a director: Sofie (1992), Kristin Lavransdatter (1995), Private Confessions (Enskilda samtal, 1996) and Infiel (Trolösa, 2000), plus the documentary on her life Liv Ullmann-scener fra et liv / Liv Ullmann-Scenes from a life, 1997, by Edvard Hambro.

Her last collaboration with the maestro Ingmar Bergman, Saraband, will bring the Cold Fever retrospective to a close.

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