The first details of the San Sebastian Film Festival are beginning to be known, which this year celebrates its 70th edition from September 16 to 24. After knowing the first names to receive the Donostia Prize (Juliette Binoche and David Cronenberg), the film which will have the honor of opening the Official Selection has just been unveiled. In a brilliant year for Spanish cinema, it will also be a film from our country that will start. It is Model 77the new film by Alberto Rodríguez, director of the minimal island Yes The man with a thousand faceswhich will be presented out of competition.
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A film whose title refers to the mythical prison of Barcelona and to the year in which this story takes place in which a young accountant, imprisoned and awaiting trial for having committed embezzlement, and his cellmate join the COPEL, a group of prisoners who will fight for the rights of common law prisoners and amnesty. A plot that once again highlights the pleasure of Rodríguez and his screenwriter, Rafa Cobos, in x-raying the recent history of our country through thrillers.
The film stars Miguel Herrán, winner of the Goya for Best New Actor for for nothing and by Javier Gutiérrez, winner of the Silver Shell in San Sebastián for the minimal island, already under the command of Rodríguez, a role for which he also won one of his two Goyas. With them Jesús Carroza, Fernando Tejero, Catalina Sopelana and Xavi Sáez. A production by Atípica Films and Movistar Plus+ which will be released in theaters a few days after the competition opens on September 23.
For director Alberto Rodríguez “Model 77 It’s a film about justice and friendship. “Of prison and society. This is probably the movie we’ve been looking for the longest. We started thinking about this story many years ago and finally managed to produce it. It makes me very happy to premiere it at this festival where the films we have made have always been so well received”.
The romantic relationship between the director and the San Sebastian Festival has lengthened, since it was here that he presented his first film in 2000, The Pilgrim Postman, for which he received, with Santi Amodeo, a Special Mention from the Jury of New Directors. In 2005 he competed with 7 virgins, for which Juan José Ballesta won the Silver Shell for Best Actor. The same award that Javier Gutiérrez received in 2014 for his character in the minimal island, a film that also won the Best Cinematography award for Álex Catalán. In 2016 he returned to the official section competition with the man with a thousand faces, for which its protagonist Eduard Fernández won the Silver Shell for Best Actor. In 2017 he presented Plaguewhich became the first series to participate in the Official Selection and was screened at the Kursaal Auditorium.
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