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61 San Sebastian Film Festival

Spanish actress Carmen Maura to receive Donostia Award


Donostia-San Sebastian

The award ceremony will take place at the presentation of her latest film, Álex de la Iglesia's "Las brujas de Zugarramurdi"

  • Carmen Maura. Photo: San Sebastian Film festival

    Carmen Maura. Photo: San Sebastian Film festival

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The 61st San Sebastian Film Festival will be presenting the actress Carmen Maura with a Donostia Award, as a tribute to one of the most outstanding professional careers in Spanish cinema in the last few decades.

The actress will receive her lifetime achievement award during the out-of-competition Official Selection presentation of her latest participation, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

Las brujas de Zugarramurdi is a delirious frenetic comedy featuring three desperate men who hold up a gold-buyers shop in the Puerta del Sol and then make a madcap getaway heading for Disneyland accompanied by the son of one of them. However, at the French border, they fall into the hands of some Basque witches who keep up the age-old custom of practising witchcraft and making fun of men.

The film is the third time that Carmen Maura has worked with Álex de la Iglesia after her performances in La comunidad (Common Wealth, 2000), which won the actress the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián Film Festival, and 800 balas (800 Bullets, 2002). The cast of the film is completed by Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Jaime Ordóñez, Macarena Gómez, Carolina Bang and Terele Pávez.

Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, produced by Enrique Cerezo and distributed by Universal Pictures international Spain will be released in Spain on the 27th of September.