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Saturday, December 10, 2016

MADRID (AFP) – Australian actor Hugh Jackman will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival which gets underway Friday in Spain with 13 movies in competition for the best film award.

The 44-year-old “Wolverine” and “X-Men” star will collect the festival’s Donostia award — the Basque name for the coastal city San Sebastian — on September 27, the penultimate day of the nine-day festival, just before his latest film “Prisoners” is screened out of competition.

Directed by Canada’s Denis Villeneuve the movie tells the story of a distraught father, played by Jackman, who holds captive the troubled young man he believes kidnapped his six-year-old daughter.

Spanish actress Carmen Maura, best known for her starring role in Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, will also receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish speaking world.

Past recipients of the award include Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen and Robert De Niro.

In the race for the festival’s Golden Shell award for best film is Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s “Devil’s Knot” about a private investigator played by Colin Firth whose detective work helps get three men who had been convicted of murder released from prison in Arkansas.

Firth, who won the Oscar for best actor in 2011 for his role in “The King’s Speech”, also stars in another movie in competition at the festival, Australian director Jonathan Teplitzky’s “The Railway Man” about a British train enthusiast profoundly damaged by his experience as a prisoner of war.

British director Roger Michell’s “Le Weekend”, about a long-married couple who revisit Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to revitalise their marriage, and French director Bertrand Tavernier’s “Quai d’Orsay”, a political satire about a dashing French foreign minister whose charm masks his incompetence, are also in the run.

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