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Oliver Stone, Donostia Award for lifetime achievement

Zinemaldia

San Sebastian

09/10/2012

The North American director Oliver Stone will receive the 60th Anniversary Donostia Award for lifetime achievement.

  • Oliver Stone. Photo: Zinemaldia

    Oliver Stone. Photo: Zinemaldia

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Oliver Stone’s latest film, Savages, will enjoy its premiere at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The North American director will receive a Special Award in tribute to his career bestowed by the San Sebastian Festival on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.

The screening of Savages will take place on September 23rd at the Teatro Victoria Eugenia, attended by Oliver Stone and by the actors John Travolta and Benicio Del Toro.

Oliver Stone (New York, 1946) is today one of the most emblematic makers of modern American film thanks to his treatment of red-hot social and political topics and his powerful visual style.

The film tells the exciting tale of two Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Taylor Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary. They run a lucrative, homegrown industry: raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town… until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them.

But the merciless head of the Baja Cartel, Elena (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends. Ben and Chon, with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta), decide to wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and manoeuvres in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.

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