You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Affleck’s ‘Argo’ docks at San Sebastian

Political thriller may have right stuff for Spanish B.O.

MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up.

The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures.

Based on true events, Affleck directs and stars in “Argo” as a CIA specialist who concocts a life-or-death gambit to help six U.S. diplomats, holed up at the Canadian ambassador’s house during the U.S. hostage crisis, escape from Iran.

Affleck and co-stars Alan Arkin and John Goodman will present “Argo” at San Sebastian, which runs Sept. 21 to 29. Pic world preems at the Toronto Film Festival a few weeks earlier.

“Argo” is Affleck’s third movie as a director after “Gone, Baby, Gone” and “The Town.”

While Spain’s box office has been punished by the European financial crisis, with blockbusters and local youth fare underperforming, “Argo” is the kind of upscale, adult-skewed movie that has occasionally broken out this year to standout box office.

Directed by Alexander Payne, Clooney-starrer “The Descendants” grossed $11 million, placing fourth in B.O. charts for the first half of the year.

More Film

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Gregg

    Variety Lights Up London Honours Bash with 10 Brits to Watch

    MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up. The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures. Based […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Zuri (Forest Whitaker)..Photo:

    'Black Panther' Is A Legit Phenomenon, but Will It Be An Oscar Player?

    MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up. The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures. Based […]

  • Benicio del Toro Predator

    Benicio del Toro Joins 'Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo' as Exec Producer (EXCLUSIVE)

    MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up. The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures. Based […]

  • 3 Tage in Quiberon 3 Days

    Berlin Film Review: '3 Days in Quiberon'

    MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up. The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures. Based […]

  • 'Profile' Review: Timur Bekmambetov's Lurid Online

    Berlin Film Review: 'Profile'

    MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up. The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures. Based […]

  • 'Black Panther' Heading to Box Office

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Heads to Glory With $235 Million Holiday Weekend

    MADRID — Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will have its European premiere out of competition at September’s San Sebastian Film Festival, adding Hollywood studio weight to the fest line-up. The 1979 Tehran hostage thriller is produced by Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Graham King’s GK Films and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smoke House Pictures. Based […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content