Johnny Depp to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at film festival despite assault discovery
Johnny Depp will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Sebastián Film Festival.
In a statement posted on its website, the festival, based in the Basque seaside resort, hailed Depp as “one of the most talented and versatile actors in contemporary cinema”, announcing that he would receive the Donostia Prize on September 22. .
Previous winners of the award are Viggo Mortensen, Penélope Cruz and Judi Dench.
In its website commendation, the festival makes no mention of the scandal currently engulfing Depp’s career, following the actor’s loss in a libel case against the publisher of the newspaper Sun in which the High Court found that he had assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard on several occasions. occasions.
The actor’s most recent film, Japanese drama Minamata, has yet to be released in the United States, leading his director Andrew Levitas to claim that Hollywood studio MGM wanted to “bury” the film.
Depp was also asked to quit his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the third Fantastic Beasts film and was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.
In a previous show of defiance to rejected film industry figures in the United States, San Sebastian opted to allow the filming of Woody Allen’s most recent film, Rifkin’s Festival, to be filmed at the festival and then selected him as opening event of its 2020 edition. This followed Allen’s legal dispute with his former backers, Amazon, over claims Allen had “sabotaged” the market value of previous films with his comments on the charges abuse by daughter Dylan Farrow and the #MeToo campaign. The dispute was settled amicably.
The San Sebastián Film Festival has been contacted for comment. – Guardian