During the 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Johnny Depp will receive the Donostia Award, which is awarded for lifetime achievement.
The actor will receive the award on September 22 at a special gala. In recent years, the laureates of this award were, among others Viggo Mortensen, Penelope Cruz, Donald Sutherland, and Monica Bellucci.
In a statement issued, the festival’s representatives called Depp “one of the most talented and versatile actors in contemporary cinema”.
The star was twice at the party in San Sebastian. First, in 1998, he came there with director Terry Gilliam and their joint film “Las Vegas Parano”. Depp was also in the Basque Country in 2020 promoting the documentary “Crock of Gold: A Couple of Queues with Shane MacGowan” which he produced.
The awarding of the award to Depp outraged the members of an association uniting women in the Spanish film industry. There is a pending trial as to whether the actor used domestic violence against Amber Heard when he was her husband.
“It speaks very badly for the festival and its bosses. This is followed by a controversial message: ‘It doesn’t matter if you are a torturer, if you are a good actor,’ said Cristina Andreu, president of the association, in an interview with the Associated Press agency. .
The accusations against Depp resulted in the actor being excluded from the Hollywood social cream. He was kicked from the cast of the new parts of Pirates of the Caribbean and Fantastic Beasts. Many people attacked the star. However, there were also those who stood up for him. Former partners of the actor, Winona Ryder and Vanessa Paradis, were on his side. The women have repeatedly indicated that Depp never used violence against them.
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Shortly after the announcement that Depp would be receiving the award in San Sebastian, it was announced that the star would also appear at the festival in Karlovy Vary, which is scheduled for August 20-28. Depp will present “Crock of Gold: A Few Queues with Shane MacGowan”, as well as the fact-based drama “Minamata”, in which he played the role of a war photographer.
The second special guest of the festival in Karlovy Vary will be Sir Michael Caine, who at the opening ceremony will receive a Crystal Globe for his outstanding contribution to world cinema. The British actor will also present his latest film – the comedy-drama “Best Sellers”, in which he plays a grumpy, retired writer.