Monday, June 5

Javier Bardem, Donostia Award winner and star of the San Sebastian Festival poster

Javier Bardem will be recognized with the Donostia Award at the 71st edition of the San Sebastián Festival, which will be held between September 22 and 30. The actor, winner of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and seven Goyas, will also star in the image of the official poster, whose design pays tribute to the “chameleon-like condition” of his performances.

Javier Bardem: “For the first time my children are going to see me in the cinema and I’m terrified”


The artist will receive the award at the opening gala of the contest, which will take place on Friday the 22nd at the Kursaal Auditorium. He will do it thirty years after his first visit to Zinemaldia, in 1993, for the participation of the film golden eggs by Bigas Luna in the Official Section.

Subsequently, he has returned to San Sebastián on more than twenty other occasions, the last being in 2021, with the film by Fernando León de Aranoa. the good pattern. In 1994 he was recognized with the Silver Shell for Best Actor for his work in days numbered (Imanol Uribe) and The detective and death (Gonzalo Suarez). Mondays in the sun (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2002), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008) and Eat Pray Love (Ryan Murphy, 2010) are other of the titles that he has presented at the festival.

He will be the sixth Spanish interpreter to receive the most important honorary award of the event, after Fernando Fernán Gómez (1999), Paco Rabal (2001), Antonio Banderas (2008), Carmen Maura (2013) and Penélope Cruz (2019). An award that will add to his extensive track record, which also includes his recognition for Best Male Performance at Cannes in 2010 for beautiful and the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival, which he received in 2000 for Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel) and 2004 by deep sea (Alejandro Amenabar).

Bardem (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1969) descends from a saga of actors, which includes his grandparents Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro, as well as his mother Pilar Bardem and his brother Carlos. Her first appearance on screen was at the age of five, in a small scene from the series the rogue (1974), in which he shared the limelight with Fernando Fernán Gómez. As he later revealed, she had to laugh. However, she got scared and began to cry. The veteran interpreter’s reaction was to predict his future by exclaiming: “Leave him alone, he is a dramatic actor!”

At the age of eleven he got his first role in a film, El poderoso influjo de la Luna, directed by Antonio del Real and directed by his mother. In the second half of the eighties, more sporadic appearances would appear on the small screen, in titles such as second teaching (1986) and center brigade (1989). Little by little the titles would arrive that ended up promoting him as The ages of Lulu (Bigas Luna, 1990), Ham Ham (Bigas Luna, 2000), days numbered (1994), quivering flesh (1997) and no news from god (2001).

His filmography includes other films such as Goya’s ghosts (2006), Love in the time of cholera (2008), skyfall (2012), Automaton (2014), Mother! (2017), Everybody knows (2018) and Dune (2021). In addition, he has lent his voice in the family comedy Lilo, my friend the crocodile (2022) and at the end of this month of May he premieres in the adaptation of The little Mermaidin which he embodies King Triton.

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