San Sebastian International Filmfestival 2023

Since 2004, a team of writers has been reporting on from international film festivals such as the Berlinale, San Sebastian Film Festival, Crossing Europe Linz, DOK.fest Munich and Filmfest Munich. Since 2022 we also translate some selected articles into English at

September 28, 2023 13:30

SSIFF 2023: MEMORY from Michel Franco

Jessica Chastain and Michel Franco at the theatre, after the screening
Jessica Chastain and Michel Franco after the film screening

In San Sebastian, you are not only very close to the sea but also to the stars. As one of the few popular US film actors, Jessica Chastain came to the SSIFF 2023 together with Mexican director Michel Franco. Together they presented MEMORY, which recently premiered in Venice. Franco and Chastain did not give a press conference.

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September 27, 2023 12:45

SSIFF 2023: UN AMOR from Isabel Coixet

Andreas zieht Nat an sich heran, um sie zu küssen

Maybe it is an inner resistance that will make UN AMOR interesting. I am not sure yet. For my part, I don't want to believe in the love between young Nat and the much older, beefy and hairy Andreas, whom everyone just calls "El Aleman". But the story works and there is a tension from it.

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September 24, 2023 19:42

San Sebastian Filmfestival 2023


After many years, festivalblog returns to its origins. The San Sebastian Film Festival of 2004 was the birth of festivalblog. Films by Woody Allen (MELINDA AND MELINDA), Oliver Stone (LOOKING FOR FIDEL) and Michael Winterbottom (NINE SONGS) were enthusiastically reviewed. John Sayles, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Almodovar also came. From the beginning, I was impressed by how close you get to the people behind the movies.

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