San Sebastian Festival’s surprise film, to screen tomorrow, Saturday (Victoria Eugenia Theatre, 15:45), is Sportin’ Life, the latest work from Abel Ferrara, who will be here in San Sebastian to present it.
During lockdown, the director of movies such as Bad Lieutenant (1992) and The Funeral (1996) filmed a 68-minute documentary released at Venice Festival and featuring his wife, Cristina Chiriac, his daughter Anna and friends including actors Willem Dafoe (image of the official poster for this year’s Festival) and Paul Hipp as well as the musician Joe Delia, together with moments lived at the last Berlin Festival when he showed Siberia combined with images of deserted New York and Rome.
San Sebastian Festival dedicated a retrospective to his work (Getting to Know Abel Ferrara) fifteen years ago, in 2005. The North American director’s last visit coincided with the screening of Pasolini (2014) in Perlak.
The surprise film is sponsored by Amenabar, Official Festival Collaborator. The construction company from Gipuzkoa also sponsors the films shown for a family audience dubbed into Basque.