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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 The Exterminating Angel (1962) 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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Better ending than beginning
8 March 2021 | by CastorianSee all my reviews

Even if it's the same Woody Allen's topics of all these years, It's better than I thought. Has some dull parts in the middle, but its pace improves towards the end, specially with the acting of the lady playing doctor Jo Rojas and the crazy Sergi Lopez cameo. Rifkin's character gains some depth, too, as the movie approaches to the end. And the scene with Waltz is absolutely hilarious, maybe the only good jokes of all the movie.

Loved the black & white, as well, but I keep wondering if Allen will surprise his public again with a final masterpiece. We can always hope.

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Release Date:

2 October 2020 (Spain) See more »

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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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2.00 : 1
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