Johnny Depp is to acquire a life time achievement award from the San Sebastián film competition.
In a statement on its internet site, the pageant, primarily based in the Basque vacation resort town, praised Depp as “one of contemporary cinema’s most gifted and versatile actors”, announcing that he would be given the Donostia award on 22 September. Former recipients of the award contain Viggo Mortensen, Penélope Cruz and Judi Dench.
In its glowing web-site citation, the competition will make no mention of the scandal at the moment engulfing Depp’s occupation, subsequent the actor’s loss in a libel case from the publisher of the Solar newspaper in which the high court docket concluded he experienced assaulted his previous wife Amber Listened to on multiple occasions. The actor’s most modern movie, the Japan-set drama Minamata, has however to be introduced in the US, resulting in a claim by its director Andrew Levitas that Hollywood studio MGM desired to “bury” the movie. Depp was also questioned to step down from his position as Gellert Grindelwald in the 3rd Fantastic Beasts film, and has been changed by Mads Mikkelsen.
In an previously exhibit of defiance to film market figures shunned in the US, San Sebastián chose to allow for Woody Allen’s most latest movie, Rifkin’s Pageant, to be shot at the festival, and then chosen it as the opening occasion of its 2020 edition. This adopted Allen’s authorized dispute with his previous backers, Amazon, more than claims Allen had “sabotaged” the marketability of earlier movies with his responses about intercourse abuse accusations by his daughter Dylan Farrow and the #MeToo campaign. The dispute was settled out of courtroom.
San Sebastián movie pageant has been contacted by the Guardian for remark.