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San Sebastian defends the decision to honor Johnny Depp

The 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival starts next month in Spain. After the announcement that Johnny Depp would be honored with the Donostia Award, a wave of criticism poured out on the organizers of the event. Despite protests from Spanish filmmakers, they decided to defend their decision.

Cristina Andreu, president of the Spanish Society of Audiovisual Filmmakers and Media, said she was surprised by the award for Depp. According to her, this decision sends a terrible signal to the public: “It doesn’t matter if you are a perpetrator of violence, as long as you are a good actor.”

In a statement released on Friday, the organizers of the festival referred to the allegations of legitimizing violence against women. They assured them that they were committed to fighting inequality, abuse of power and violence against women, but they also firmly believed in the presumption of innocence and the right to reintegrate.

In 2020, Depp lost a defamation lawsuit against the British tabloid “The Sun” for calling him a female boxer. The actor was accused of severe beatings by Amber Heard, his wife at the time. As a result of the scandal, Depp lost the role of Gellert Grindelwald in the series “Fantastic Beasts”, based on JK Rowling’s books.

The Donostia Prize is awarded to people whose work contributed to the development of cinematography. Johnny Depp is due to pick up the award on September 22nd.

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