Penélope Cruz puts the ‘glamor’ on the carpet but hits with social cinema on the screen

The San Sebastián Film Festival is contemporary cinema and also glamour, and Penélope Cruz symbolized yesterday in Donostia the fusion of these two faces. Because the Spanish actress, already a ‘fixed’ at Zinemaldia, wasted elegance and friendliness in her public appearances but had been sponsoring a tough film, ‘On the margins’, actor Juan Diego Botto’s first film as director, of which she is the producer and protagonist. The film, which competed at the last Venice festival and opened the Perlak cycle yesterday, is a crude chronicle of the world of evictions, cuts in social rights, the reality of the most disadvantaged.

Because the 70th birthday edition began marked by compromised films. The inaugural film, ‘Model 77’, directed by Alberto Rodríguez, is another stark chronicle of the experiences of common Spanish prisoners in the years of the Transition, with the Barcelona Model riots as the epicenter. At the rhythm of a thriller and starring Miguel Herrán and the always effective Javier Gutiérrez, the film convulsed the public that filled the Kursaal last night at the gala that opened this edition back to normal after two years of pandemic. It was a gala between the emotion and the celebration of the 70th birthday, with nods to the past and especially to the public, presented by the actress from Donostia Loreto Mauleón and Paco León and with their touch of ‘glamour’.

The ladies parade

Glenn Close was called to be the queen of the start-up in her role as president of the jury, but her fall from the poster at the last minute for family reasons left the crown to Penélope Cruz (who will once again be the protagonist today when receiving the National Film Award in a ceremony to be held in Tabakalera with the presence of Vice President Calviño and Minister Iceta) plus two actresses who represent very different stages of cinema.

One, the German actress Hanna Schygulla, less known today by the new generations but a true symbol of the best European cinema of the 80s, especially as Fassbinder’s muse, came with François Ozon precisely to present ‘Peter Von Kant’, a new look to the classic of the late German director. And the other, Olivia Wilde, who also arrived yesterday in one of the most intense moments to date at the start of the contest, comes as director with the film ‘Don’t worry darling’, which will also be seen at Perlak after her visit for the Venetian Mostra.

Let’s say I’m talking about SS

The 70 is already launched. Yesterday there were more starts with close ‘glamor’, with the premiere of ‘El vasco’ at the opening of Zinemira, and today the moment of truth arrives with the start of the films in competition and the moment Juliette Binoche, who tomorrow Sunday will receive his Donostia Award at the Kursaal.Among so many films, today there will be time for another special event, at least for those who are already of an age: the premiere at the Velodrome of the documentary that Fernando León de Aranoa has shot for more than ten years about the figure of Joaquin Sabina. The filmmaker, the musician and his friend Leiva promise not to leave anyone indifferent. Let’s say I’m talking about San Sebastián.

Penélope Cruz puts the ‘glamor’ on the carpet but hits with social cinema on the screen