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Johnny Depp Will Receive The Donostia Award At The San Sebastian Festival

Johnny Depp will receive the Donostia Award at the San Sebastián Film Festival, which will celebrate its 69th edition from September 17 to 25 and which is already working so that the American is not the only one to receive its most important honorary recognition this year . The Basque competition announced this Monday in a press release in which it defined Depp as “one of the most talented and versatile actors in contemporary cinematography “.

One year after his visit to the Zinemaldia to present “Drinking with Shane MacGowan” , by Julien Temple, in whose production he had participated and which won the Special Jury Prize, the American interpreter will collect the award in a ceremony that will take place on 22 September at the Kursaal auditorium .

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With this distinction, the contest recognizes the trajectory of an actor who has received three Oscar nominations and who has obtained a Golden Globe , among many other awards, who has participated as an interpreter in more than 90 audiovisual productions and has also produced a dozen of films, including the most recent, “The Minamata Photographer,” by Andrew Levitas.

Successful career

When he made his film debut as the victim of Freddy Krueger in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” he was 21 years old. It was 1984, he needed more than five years for his leading roles to arrive in “The tear “, written and directed by John Waters – he participated in the Zabaltegi section in 1990 – and in ” Eduardo Manostijeras “, his first, of many, collaborations with Tim Burton.

In the following years he starred in films directed by such relevant filmmakers as Emir Kusturica ( “The Arizona Dream “, 1992), Lasse Hallström (“Who does Gilbert Grape love?”, 1993, and “Chocolat” , 2000), Tim Burton (“Ed Wood”, 1994, and “Sleepy Hollow” , 1999), Jim Jarmusch (“Dead Man”, 1995), Mike Newell ( “Donnie Brasco “, 1997) and Terry Gilliam (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” , 1998), recalls the Festival.

Already in the 21st century, his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ saga has won him the admiration of new generations, but also his first Oscar nomination for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Pearl. black ‘in 2004. They have followed ‘ Finding Neverland ‘ , in 2005, and ‘ Sweeney Todd, the devilish barber of Fleet Street ‘ , in 2008.

It was for this last role that he obtained a Golden Globe , awards in which he accumulates another nine nominations. Also included in its extensive inventory of awards is an honorary Cesar award.

Third visit to the Zinemaldia

In recent years he has worked with Gore Verbinski on ” The Lone Ranger “, Rob Marshall on “Into The Woods “, Scott Cooper on “Black Mass”, Kenneth Branagh on “Murder on the Orient Express” and the aforementioned Andrew Levitas.

Depp has played writers, police infiltrators or outlaws , almost always misfits, along with co-stars such as Marlon Brando, Jerry Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Helena Bonham Carter, Javier Bardem or Kate Winslet.

Antonio Banderas, Marion Cotillard, Al Pacino, Benedict Cumberbatch, Morgan Freeman, Benicio del Toro, Michelle Pfeiffer or Leonardo Di Caprio are also part of the list, according to the Zinemaldia.Related news

This will be Johnny Depp’s third visit to the Festival after his “fleeting passage” in 1998 with Terry Gilliam and his return in 2020, in an edition marked by many absences due to the pandemic, to present Temple’s documentary about the singer by The Pogues .

The award ceremony will take place before the out-of-competition screening of the Official Section film “La hija” , by Manuel Martín Cuenca, starring Javier Gutiérrez and Patricia López Arnaiz. Tickets for this gala will go on sale on Monday, September 13 .

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