The San Sebastián International Film Festival today presented the poster for what will be its 69th edition, which will take place from September 17 to 25. During the event, presented by the artistic director of the competition, José Luis Rebordinos, Sigourney Weaver was revealed as the absolute protagonist of the San Sebastian 2021 poster.
As on other occasions, the festival’s graphic line combines photography and illustration in its posters, highlighting some of the most important figures in global cinematography. Weaver, legendary actress in films like Alien, the Eighth Passenger, The Year We Live Perilously, Ghostbusters, A Woman’s Weapons, Death and the Girl, The Ice Storm or The Forest, succeeds Isabelle Huppert, Penelope Cruz and Willem. Dafoe in previous years.
The final result of the poster is a drawing by Eva Villar from San Sebastian, created from a photograph of Sigourney Weaver taken by Matthew Brookes.
San Sebastian 2021 Poster
“An exceptional actress and much appreciated by the public who has shone in all registers with characters who are part of the universal cinematographic imagination,” said Rebordinos. Weaver has visited San Sebastian on several occasions, the first coinciding with his film debut with Alien. Subsequently, he also presented My World Map in 1999 and A Monster Comes to Me in 2006, when he received the Donostia Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Does that mean that this year we can expect the American actress to appear in Donosti again? Rebordinos acknowledges that they invited her, in case they could count on her at the opening gala, but that at the moment this is not possible because on these dates she will be immersed in a shoot (all these sequels of ‘Avatar take a long time). However, in the changing times we live in, anything is possible, so the director leaves the door open to have a little hope.
Historic change in the 69th edition of San Sebastian
The biggest novelty communicated in the act of presenting the posters affects the prizes awarded by the festival and represents a historic change in the list of laureates. As of this year, no gender distinction will be made in the performance awards.
Thus, the traditional Silver Shell for Best Actor and Best Actress are now dedicated to the best main performance and the best secondary performance. “Gender, a social and political construction, is no longer a criterion for distinguishing a performance,” said Rebordinos. The two awards can be tied.
He also pointed out that in this way, the performance awards are open to non-binary genre performances, following a line already initiated by the Berlin Festival this year.
Although the return to normality is a decided impetus, some of the decisions made in the last edition will remain in this one. For example, industry activities will retain a hybrid format that combines face-to-face and online activities.
San Sebastián 2021 recovers the Korean cinema retrospective of the 50s and 60s which could not take place last year, as well as the red carpets before the screenings. However, there will be no opening or closing evenings, and no screening will take place at the Vélodrome.
Then, the rest of the posters of the 69th edition of the Festival of San Sebastián, all designed by the studio of Eva Villar.