“Do you think that when we give an award to the great Hollywood actors we know something about their personal life? Not at all. When we give them an award we are saying that they are wonderful people? Why? Because it has not transpired to the press, no I know what? Many have problems, judgments … We do not give an award because they are more or less kind, I am unable to judge that. ” José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastián Film Festival, has once again defended the awarding of the Donostia Award to American actor Johnny Depp after the statement he signed last Friday in which he justified himself before the presumption of innocence and the right to freedom reinsertion. The mayor of the city that hosts the Zinemaldia, Eneko Goia, has joined Rebordinos and has admitted that he “respects” the decision because it is an award that rewards the professional career and not the personal life of the actors and actresses.
Rebordinos, in an interview with the newspaper ‘Noticias de Gipuzkoa’, has labeled a “cheater” that an award that seeks to honor the professional career of actors and actresses for their contribution to the world of cinema “perhaps transcends” and must be taken into account other issues in your life. To reason his position, Rebordinos has been blunt in that they do not know what is behind the majority of professionals in the sector, so he feels “incapable of judging that.” “The more we investigate the subject of Johnny Depp, the more complex it is and, precisely, not because of issues that have to do with abuse. There are economic interests, things that are mixed …”, he mentioned, thus defending the role of Justice : “We will never have all the data. That is why Justice exists and that is why we are a society with separation of powers.”
In addition, the director of the Zinemaldia has alluded to the presumption of innocence of the actor, as he already did in ‘Let’s talk about ethics’, the statement that he issued on Friday with which he responded to the criticism of several associations of women filmmakers, who branded of “ethical error” the awarding of the award. Specifically, Rebordinos has pointed out that “there is nothing more dangerous than social lynching: you can ruin someone’s life even if they are not guilty of anything.” These statements were joined by the mayor of Donostia, interviewed this Monday in Onda Vasca. “We begin to put some things into circulation or we make public trials without much rigor, knowledge, and we end up in a lynching,” he stated and recalled that, although it is good to create this type of debate, it is necessary to be “rigorous” with the information that spreads.
EH Bildu Donostia showed its opposition to granting the Donostia Prize to Johnny Depp and asked the Zinemaldia Board of Directors, made up of the Donostia City Council, the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, the Basque Government and the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts , to revoke the award of the award for “normalizing sexist violence” and because “there are many people in the world of cinema who deserve the Donostia Award, both internationally and in Euskal Herria.” Given this, Rebordinos has been clear: “If they decided that the award cannot be given, I would have to accept it, but I would have to leave. I would go calmly and thanking them for these wonderful years in which I have been able to work with them. “. However, Goia has advocated preserving the independence of the Zinemaldia to make these decisions. “What I have always defended is the independence of Zinemaldia itself to be able to make certain decisions, such as, for example, choosing or not choosing films, that we have had controversies over these issues, and I have always defended that we, from politics, do not we had to intervene in those debates. In this case, with the Donostia Prize, I also respect the decision, “he highlighted.
Johnny Depp has also echoed the wave of criticism that his Donostia Award has unleashed. The actor “thanks” the Zinemaldia for the work he is doing to “defend the award” and “tell what his own lawyers” communicate to the festival, as indicated by Rebordinos. In turn, Depp has denounced in an interview in the British newspaper ‘The Sunday Times’ that he is suffering a boycott by Hollywood. Specifically, the production company Metro Goldwyn Mayer is, according to Depp, putting obstacles to release his latest film, ‘The Minamata Photographer’, already distributed in Europe, but without a release date in theaters in the United States. Likewise, Disney has decided to dispense with Depp, who played Jack Sparrow in the five installments of Pirates of the Caribbean, and Warner Bros, distributor of the Fantastic Animals saga, has also sought a replacement for the third film.