A married American couple go to the San Sebastian Festival and get caught up in the magic of the event, the beauty and charm of the city and the fantasy of movies.


Woody Allen


Woody Allen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Shawn ... Mort Rifkin
Michael Garvey ... Psychiatrist
Damian Chapa ... Festivalgoer
Bobby Slayton ... Festivalgoer
Gina Gershon ... Sue
Louis Garrel ... Philippe
Stephanie Figueira Stephanie Figueira ... Reporter at Hotel
Luz Cipriota ... Reporter at Hotel
Godeliv Van den Brandt Godeliv Van den Brandt ... Reporter at Hotel
Manu Fullola ... Reporter at Hotel
Richard Kind ... Mort's Father
Nathalie Poza ... Mort's Mother
Cameron Hunter Cameron Hunter ... Young Mort
Itziar Castro ... Lady in Garden
Isabel García Lorca Isabel García Lorca ... Miss Weinstein


The film tells the story of an American couple attending the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The charm of that small city in the North of Spain and the charm of the world of cinema soon seduce the couple. She has a slip with a brilliant French film director, while he falls in love with a young Spanish resident in the city.

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive/sexual material and some drug use, language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


In "Rifkin's Festival" actor Sergi Lopez plays a painter. More than 130 canvases, materials, utensils and part of the library of local expressionist painter Juan Luis Goenaga (father of actress Bárbara Goenaga) were used to set the character's study. See more »


During the game of chess played against Death, the table appears incorrectly rotated. According to the rules of chess, the right square on the bottom row of each player should be white. Both players should know better than to make this mistake. Interestingly, the same mistake appears in the original movie "Det sjunde inseglet" by Ingmar Bergman. See more »


Mort Rifkin: I'm beginning to question everything. What I want, who I am. Who in the world am I?
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Spoofs  (1963) See more »


Rifkin's Festival
Composed by Stephane Wrembel
Performed by Stephane Wrembel, Thor Jensen, Josh Kaye, Ari Folman-Cohen, Nick Anderson, Scott Kettner, Adrien Chevalier, Nick Driscoll & David Langlois
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Wonderful movie! The best movie of 2020!
4 October 2020 | by yaelstreetttejedaSee all my reviews

I just saw Rifkin's Festival today and I loved it!!! Everything about this movie is great: the cast (Wally Shawn, Gina Gershon, Louis Garrel, Elena Anaya, Sergi López, Christoph Waltz, Steve Guttenberg, and Richard Kind), the story, the cinematography (by Vittorio Storaro), the music, and, of course, the writing and direction by the great Woody Allen! It's a pity that the film is too short. I would love to watch Rifkin's Festival again anytime!!! Thank you, Woody! You're the best!

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2 October 2020 (Spain) See more »

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