Helmer-thesp to receive 60th Anni Donostia Award

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Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, “Quartet,” will close the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival on Sept. 29.

The Spanish fest will also present Hoffman with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award for lifetime achievement.

“Quartet” is set in a retirement home, three of whose inmates, former opera singers, put on an annual concert to raise funds for their residence.

Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Pauline Collins lead key cast.

Sold by HanWay and produced by Finola Dwyer (“An Education”) and Stewart Mackinnon (“The Invisible Woman”) from a screenplay by Ronald Harwood (“The Pianist”), “Quartet,” which plays Toronto, was picked up by The Weinstein Company for the U.S. and Latin America just before Cannes.

Accepting the Donostia, double Academy Award-winner Hoffman (“Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Rain Man”) will cap the second San Sebastian under director Jose Luis Rebordinos, an edition that looks set to deliver Hollywood stars at a rate of one or more per day.

Other honorees include Oliver Stone, at San Sebastian with “Savages,” who also receives a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award; “Savages” star John Travolta, who receives a Donostia Award; Tommy Lee Jones, tub-thumping “Hope Springs” and Ewan McGregor, presenting “The Impossible.”

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