SAN SEBASTIAN – Roger Michell’s “Blackbird” film starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska and Sam Neill will inaugurate the 67th edition of San Sebastian International Film Festival on Sept. 20.
The director of box office success Notting Hill is participating for the second time in the competition of the official section after the 2013 movie “Le Week-end,” with which Briton Jim Broadbent won the Silver Shell for Best Actor.
The South African filmmaker heads to San Sebastian with a remake of “Silent Heart” by Bille August, a family drama about mercy killing that thrilled Zinemaldia’s audience in 2014, when Paprika Steen won the Silver Shell for Best Actress.
Blackbird is a co-production between the United States and the United Kingdom, whose screening in San Sebastian will come after its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
Blackbird tells a story of a terminally ill woman who wishes to end her life before her condition worsens, a character embodied by Susan Sarandon.
Although initially the family supports her decision to die with dignity, her daughters – Winslet and Wasikowska – discover family secrets that further complicate the situation, the San Sebastian contest said in a statement.
The festival cannot yet confirm which members of the Blackbird team will participate in the inaugural gala of this new edition.
Sarandon presence, who first stepped onto the red carpet of San Sebastian in 1980 with “Atlantic City” and who is an Oscar winner for her role in “Dead Man Walking,” is not yet confirmed.