VOLVER, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year at this year's 54th DONOSTIA San Sebastián International Film Festival, San Sebastián, Spain. Producer Agustín Almodóvar will accept the award at the opening gala, 21 September in the Kursaal.
This Grand Prix, awarded annually by The International Federation of Film Critics, means recognition by film critics in over 60 countries. More than 350 critics from all over the world have voted for a film from among those released between August 2005 and July 2006.
VOLVER premiered in Spain 17 March 2006, and has been a smash hit with audiences and critics alike. It was one of the most applauded films at the last Cannes Festival Official Selection, where it earned the Best Actress prize for all of the six actresses in the cast: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, Blanca Portillo, Yohana Cobo and Chus Lampreave.
Pedro Almodóvar is currently promoting VOLVER in the U. S., where it will be released 3 November. Prior to its release, eight of his films will be re-released as part of a retrospective entitled ¡Viva Pedro! Will Spain submit it for the Academy Awards? Stay tuned.
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