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Abel Ferrara will show in San Sebastian the surprise film of the Festival’s 68th edition: ‘Sportin’ Life’


San Sebastian Festival’s surprise film, to screen tomorrow, Saturday (Victoria Eugenia Theatre, 15:45), is Sportin’ Life, the latest work from Abel Ferrara, who will be here in San Sebastian to present it.

During lockdown, the director of movies such as Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Funeral (1996) filmed a 68-minute documentary released at Venice Festival and featuring his wife, Cristina Chiriac, his daughter Anna and friends including actors Willem Dafoe (image of the official poster for this year’s Festival) and Paul Hipp as well as the musician Joe Delia, together with moments lived at the last Berlin Festival when he showed Siberia combined with images of deserted New York and Rome.  

San Sebastian Festival dedicated a retrospective to his work (Getting to Know Abel Ferrara) fifteen years ago, in 2005. The North American director’s last visit coincided with the screening of Pasolini (2014) in Perlak.

The surprise film is sponsored by Amenabar, Official Festival Collaborator. The construction company from Gipuzkoa also sponsors the films shown for a family audience dubbed into Basque.  

Sportin’ Life

Abel Ferrara  (France)

Sportin’ Life is the sixth incarnation of the international art project Self, curated by Saint Laurent’s creative director, Anthony Vaccarello. This project is an artistic commentary on society while emphasizing the complexity of various individuals through the eyes of artists who evoke the Saint Laurent attitude of confidence, individuality and self-expression. The documentary is an exploration into the sources and personal history of creativity, the essential life of an artist. Raw and sharp, it has the feeling of a moment in time that is still happening. Abel Ferrara’s intimate and lush look at his own life, his world refracted through his art - music, filmmaking, his collaborators and inspirations such as Ferrara’s early works and his creative partnerships with Willem Dafoe, Joe Delia, Paul Hipp and the musicians who inspired this work.

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