Cronenberg film to open San Sebastian

20th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 September 2007 , MADRID - Canadian director David Cronenberg's crime thriller "Eastern Promises" will open the 55th annual San Sebastian Film Festival in northern Spain on Thursday.

20 September 2007

MADRID - Canadian director David Cronenberg's crime thriller "Eastern Promises" will open the 55th annual San Sebastian Film Festival in northern Spain on Thursday.

The latest movie from the director of "Crash" and "A History of Violence" is competing with 15 other films for the coveted Concha de Oro, or Golden Shell, prize for best film which will be awarded on September 29, the last day of the festival.

Cronenberg and US actor Viggo Mortensen will be in San Sebastian to present the film which also stars Australia's Naomi Watts and France's Vincent Cassel.

"Eastern Promises", set in London's crime underworld, won the Toronto International Film Festival's top prize, the people's choice award which is voted by moviegoers, earlier this month.

It is the only film in competition at the San Sebastian festival that will be shown to the public on Thursday.

Two competition films will be screened on Friday: British director Nick Broomfield's "Battle for Haditha" about the Iraq war and Spanish director Iciar Bollain's "Mataharis" about three female private detectives.

US novelist and screenplay writer Paul Auster, author of "The New York Trilogy" and "The Book of Illusions", is the official jury president of this year's San Sebastian festival.

Several US stars, including Demi Moore, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Gere are expected to appear at the festival, the oldest and most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world.

(Copyright AFP with Expatica)

Subject: Spanish news

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