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Julia Roberts to be honored at San Sebastian film fest

She will receive a lifetime achievement award at the film festival which gets underway

Mikel Olaciregui, the chief director of the San Sebastian Film Festival is seen in inside the Aquarium City in San Sebastian, northern Spain on Sept. ...

Mikel Olaciregui, the chief director of the San Sebastian Film Festival is seen in inside the Aquarium City in San Sebastian, northern Spain on Sept. ...

U.S. actress Julia Roberts will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival which gets underway Friday in Spain with 15 movies in competition for the best movie award.
The 42-year-old "Pretty Woman" star will collect an honorary "Donostia" - which means San Sebastian in the Basque language - on Monday, the fourth day of the nine-day festival.
Roberts, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her role as a trash-talking environmental crusader in "Erin Brockovich," will present her latest film "Eat Pray Love" that day alongside Spanish co-star Javier Bardem.
"She has not limited herself to playing the beautiful girl, she has taken risks, she has made movies that break with the image of a romantic comedy to play mature roles like Erin Brockovich," said festival director Mikel Olaciregui.
Past recipients of the award include Meryl Streep, Richard Gere and Woody Allen.
"Eat Pray Love," based on Elizabeth Gilbert's hit travel memoir of the same name, will be screened out of competition at the festival, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish speaking world.
Among the movies in the race for the festival's Golden Shell for best film is British director Peter Mullan's "Neds," a gritty look at gang culture in 1970s Glasgow.
Japanese director Naomi Kawase's "Genpin," a feature documentary about natural childbirth, and U.S. director John Sayles' "Amigo" set during the American and Spanish occupation of the Philippines, are also in the running.
Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic, whose films include "Cabaret Balkan" and "Beach Guard in Wintertime," will chair the jury.


Updated : 2021-10-27 10:51 GMT+08:00