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Cate Blanchett to Receive San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award


Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will receive the Donostia Award at the 72nd San Sebastian Film Festival.

The Australian star, known for her roles in films such as The Aviator, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more recently the Oscar-nominated Tár, will also feature on the official poster for the festival, created by graphic designer José Luis Lanzagorta.

Blanchett has racked up more than 200 acknowledgments and accolades across her long-spanning career, including two Academy Awards from six nominations. She has won four BAFTAs and four Golden Globes.

It will be her first visit to the event in San Sebastian, Spain, taking place Sept. 20-28, though the festival has already screened a number of her films, including Babel (2007) and Veronica Guerin (2003), competing for the top prize, the Golden Shell.

The announcement marks the second time an Australian actor has been given the festival’s highest honorary award after Hugh Jackman in 2013.

In 2018, the Spanish festival revamped its posters to feature a figure from contemporary cinema. Isabelle Huppert, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Sigourney Weaver, Juliette Binoche, and Javier Bardem precede Blanchett as the official image this year, based on a portrait by the photographer Gustavo Papaleo.

Last month, it was announced that Blanchett would be part of the inaugural lineup for the Cannes Film Festival’s Immersive Competition section, the first-ever selection of augmented and virtual reality works to screen at the austere French film fest.

The eight competition titles and six out-of-competition screenings also include works featuring such talents as Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Millie Bobby Brown, and Tahar Rahim. The lineup highlights cutting-edge VR and AR techniques and includes location-based virtual reality, mixed reality experiences, projection mapping, and holographic works.

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