Glenn Close steps down as San Sebastian Jury President due to family emergency – Deadline


Glenn Close will no longer chair the San Sebastian jury and has canceled his trip to the festival due to a family emergency.

“I deeply regret not being able to participate in the Festival as there has been a family emergency for which I must stay home,” Close said in a statement. “I apologize to the Festival, the Jury, the filmmakers, the Donostia winners and the festival audience, for not being here to celebrate with all of you.”

Argentinian producer Matías Mosteirín, who has already been announced as a member of the jury, will be the president. Mosteirin’s feature film as producer, Bolivia, received the Young Critics Prize at the Critics’ Week in Cannes. He recently produced Marcelo Piñeyro’s series El Reino (The Kingdom) for Netflix.

The jury will be made up of French casting director and filmmaker Antoinette Boulat, Danish filmmaker Tea Lindeburg, Spanish writer Rosa Montero, Lesotho Lemohang filmmaker Jeremiah Mosese and Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason.

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Close most recently was at the Spanish festival with Wifewhich closed the official section in 2017. The film went on to earn Close its eighth Oscar nomination. As previously announced, Spanish filmmaker Alberto Rodríguez will open the festival with his latest film jail 77 (Model 77)which projects Out of Competition.

Other titles screened at the festival include Sebastián Lelio’s latest feature wonder, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, starring Florence Pugh alongside an ensemble cast including Ciarán Hinds, Tom Burke, Toby Jones, Elaine Cassidy and Niamh Algar. South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo to debut his latest offering Up/Up in competition. The film follows the interactions of a middle-aged filmmaker. This will be the South Korean filmmaker’s second participation in the Official Selection.


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