‘Blackbird,’ with Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Opens San Sebastian Festival

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‘Blackbird,’ with Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Opens San Sebastian Festival
Madrid — Starring Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Mia Wasikowska, “Blackbird,” an English-language remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish-language movie “Silent Heart,” will open the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival on Sept. 20.

World premiering at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival as a Gala Presentation, “Blackbird” will play in competition at what will be its European premiere.

San Sebastian’s competition normally mixes larger world cinema auteurs with a few choice first features. “Silent Heart” brings it large star-laden independent which promising to be an audience-friendly tearjerker.

Directed by Roger Michell, “Blackbird” turns on terminally-ill matriarch, Lily (Sarandon). who reunites three generations of her family at their country house for one final time.

Lily informs them that she will soon put an end to her life via euthanasia, but her daughters (Winslet and Wasikowska), whose tensions already threaten a peaceful sending off, discover family secrets which make the situation even more complicated.
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