Source: Toronto International Film Festival


The European premiere of Roger Michell’s UK-US co-production Blackbird will open the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival on September 20, playing in the official competition.

As previously announced, the film will have its world premiere at Toronto

It is a remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish film Silent Heart, which also played at San Sebastian and won a best actress Silver Shell for Paprika Steen.

In Michell’s version, Susan Sarandon plays Lily, a terminally ill woman who brings her family to her to learn of her decision to die with dignity. Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska, Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Screen Star of Tomorrow 2019 Anson Boon all play members of Lily’s family.

Christian Torpe, who wrote the original script for Silent Heart, has also penned Blackbird

Producers Millennium Films are handling sales on the title, with DeAPlaneta distributing in Spain and Film & TV House releasing in the UK.

Sarandon’s connection with San Sebastian includes receiving the honourary Donostia award in 1994.

Previously announced titles for this year’s festival include James Franco’s long-delayed Zeroville in competition, and Alejandro Amenábar’s While At War from the Spanish film selection. The festival will run from September 20-28.