Allen’s ‘Melinda’ will open San Sebastian

Helmer frequently outperforms other territories in Spain

MADRID — The 52nd edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Woody Allen’s “Melinda and Melinda.”

Running Sept. 17-25, San Sebastian, the largest festival in the Spanish-speaking world, also will honor Allen with a tribute and screen a complete retro of his work as a director, screenwriter and actor from 1966.

Set in Allen’s home territory of Manhattan, the ensemble romantic dramedy “Melinda” also revisits his obsessions such as the frailty of love and the difficulty of relationships.

Fox Searchlight pic stars Will Ferrell, Radha Mitchell, Johnny Lee Miller, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chloe Sevigny and Wallace Shawn.

Distribbed by Antonio Llorens’ Lauren Films in Spain, Allen’s movies frequently outperform other territories, and they had a large influence on young local filmmakers of the late 1970s and 1980s “The Spanish people have always been very supportive of my films and it’s a great honor for me to come to the film festival in Sebastian. My family and I loved the city the last time we were there and we expect to have a wonderful time,” Allen said from London, where he’s shooting his latest.

“It is indeed a great honor for us to premiere ‘Melinda and Melinda’ at our opening, (especially) with the presence of Woody Allen himself,” said San Sebastian director Mikel Olaciregui.

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