Mexican actor Diego Luna said he was thrilled to be invited as a jury member at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival and to be able to experience the event "from another point of view."
"I'm very pleased about the invitation to the San Sebastian Festival as a jury member," the actor said in a communique, in which he noted that being there this time as a jury member will allow him to see it from a new angle.
The actor, producer and director was picked to be a member of the official jury of the Spanish film festival that begins Sept. 20.
The official jury will be presided over by director Todd Haynes, who has received a host of prizes for productions like the 2002 film "Far from Heaven."
"I'm excited to be able to see and discuss films with people like Todd Haynes, whom I admire and respect a great deal," he said.
Luna said that for him this festival is a "very special" event, since from the time he first attended it with the 2001 film "Y Tu Mama Tambien," it has been a key showcase for his work.
He also recalled that with the 2010 film "Abel" he had the good fortune to collect two prizes at the 58th edition of the festival: the Latin Horizons prize and the Audience Award.
Rounding out the jury that will decide among the 13 films competing in the official section of the festival will be British musician David Byrne, producer Mariela Besuievsky, actress Valeria Bruni, Chilean actress and director Paulina Garcia, and Catalan director Cesc Gay.
They will decide which film deserves the Golden Shell award among the works presented in the official section by moviemakers Bertand Tavernier, Roger Mitchell, Francois Dupeyron, David Trueba, Manuel Martin Cuenca, Fernando Franco, Denis Villeneuve, Fernando Eimbcke, Atom Egoyan, Jasmila Zbanic, Götz Spielmann, Mariana Rondon and Jonathan Teplizky. EFE