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San Sebastian kicks off with local heroes

18 September 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

San Sebastian, Spain -- Homegrown heroes Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem were the stars of the fuchsia-colored carpet as the 56th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival kicked off Thursday night.

Banderas, due to receive the festival's Donostia Lifetime Achievement award Friday, accompanied director Richard Eyre, presenting the Official Section's opening film, "The Other Man."

Bardem joined Woody Allen and Rebecca Hall at the ceremony to present the director's Spanish film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," which opens the Zabaltegi Pearls section. Allen, one of the country's most revered directors, said he was looking forward to showing the film -- shot in Spain -- to Spanish audiences.

"It is a pleasure to show the film here. I take every opportunity to visit Spain and enjoyed the three months shooting the film in Spain, with a gifted cast and crew," Allen said.

"San Sebastian brings together the best of all the world's festivals, »

- By Pamela Rolfe

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