Academy Award Film Series: Bardem Fights for Right to Die in Amenábar's 'Sea'

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body,
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San Sebastian Film Festival 2010 Winners

Best Actor winner Connor McCarron (top); Best Actress winner Nora Navas (bottom) Peter Mullan's Neds Wins Top Prize at San Sebastian Film Festival Special Mention to “A JAMA” by Daoud Aoulad-syad (Morocco-France) For the complexity achieved by a simple story. Jury Prize For Best Screenplay to Bent Hamer for “Home For Christmas“ (Norway-Sweden-Germany) Jury Prize For Best Cinematography to Jimmy Gimferrer for “Aita” (Spain) Silver Shell For Best Actor to Connor McCarron for “Neds” (UK-France-Italy) Silver Shell For Best Actress to Nora Navas for “Pa Negre” (Spain) Silver Shell For Best Director to Raoul Ruiz for “MISTÉRIOS De Lisboa” (Spain) Special Jury Prize to “Elisa K” by Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena (Spain) For the way it portrays the violence to which innocent people are exposed to in everyday life. Golden Shell For Best Film to “Neds” by Peter Mullan (UK-France-Italy) Jury: * Mr. Goran Paskaljevic (Serbia) (President) * Ms. Jo Allen
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Goran Paskaljevic to head San Seb jury

Goran Paskaljevic to head San Seb jury
Madrid -- Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic will head the official jury for the Golden Shell at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival, organizers announced Friday.

Oscar-nominated make-up artist Jo Allen, Spanish actor Jose Coronado, Peruvian director Claudia Llosa, Philippine director Raya Martin, Argentine director/producer Pablo Trapero and British director Lucy Walker will comprise the rest of the jury.

Walker's documentary "Countdown to Zero," a exploration of the dangers of nuclear weapons, will screen in the Zabaltegi-Specials sidebar.

San Sebastian runs in Spain's northern Basque region Sept. 17-26.
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Makeup, hair gurus get treatment

The second annual Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Symposium went off without a hair out of place Saturday afternoon as it showcased the work of all six of this year's Oscar nominees, two of whom flew in from Europe to participate. Master transformers Jo Allen and Manuel Garcia represented the Spanish film The Sea Inside, while Bill Corso and Valli O'Reilly explained their work on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Keith Vanderlaan and Christien Tinsley revealed their contributions to The Passion of the Christ. The overflow crowd, fed chocolates and champagne and treated to detailed exhibit tables, was hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and The Hollywood Museum at the Historic Max Factor Building in Hollywood.

Digest: Savoy exits Charter

Cable operator Charter Communications said Tuesday that William Savoy has resigned from its board and is expected to be replaced by Jo Allen Patton, president and CEO of Vulcan Inc., the investment vehicle of Charter controlling shareholder Paul Allen. ... ProSiebenSat.1, the German broadcaster controlled by Haim Saban's Saban Capital Group, said Tuesday that it has offered to reward stockholders who offer up their shares in loans worth €338 million ($403 million), originally due in 2006, as part of a buyback plan. ... Video game maker THQ Inc. said Tuesday that it has signed a deal to acquire PC game developer Relic Entertainment in an all-cash deal. ... Shares of TV station owner Granite Broadcasting rose 7.4% on Tuesday to 1.75 after the company reported first-quarter results that exceeded its original guidance.

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