Georgian director Dea Kulumbegashvili is to be chair of the jury of the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival, Tbilisi International Film Festival reported.
Dea Kumulbegashvili’s feature film Beginning,’ was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the International Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI). ‘Beginning’ was also nominated for an official Cannes Film Festival Award, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its premiere could not take place at the festival.
‘Beginning’ was screened at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and won nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actress.
The movie was filmed in Lagodekhi and the surrounding villages, and tells the story of a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are attacked by an extremist group in a provincial town.
The San Sebastian International Film Festival is an annual festival held in the Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebasti, and will be held September 17-25.
The list of the official jury of the San Sebastian Film Festival is as follows:
- Dea Kulumbegashvili, Director and Screenwriter, Georgia (Jury Chairman);
- The filmmakers and screenwriters Maite Alberdi (Chile);
- Actress Susi Sanchez (Spain);
- Audrey Diwan (Lebanon-France);
- The North American producer Ted Hope.
By Ketevan Skhirtladze