San Sebastián 2021 Day 7: Day of stars (and courage) with ‘Los ojos de Tammy Faye’ with Jessica Chastain and ‘La Fortuna’ by Amenábar

The festival enters its final stretch with its last two proposals for the official competition section. In the Perlak section we have seen the magnificent ‘The power of the dog’, by Jane Campion and ‘Everything has gone well’

The journey of courage and the stars. We could say something like this about the seventh day of this 69th edition of the San Sebastian Festival in which the two stories that we have seen in the competition are precisely about courage, and the fight against the elements. The actress and producer Jessica Chastain has traveled to Donosti to present her brilliant performance, Oscar meat, in Tammy Faye’s eyes, which illustrates the rise and fall of the Bakker couple, telepreachers who were tabloid fodder in the 80s, but mostly portrays Tammy Faye, and does justice to a charismatic character who was ahead of his time and was overshadowed in a world of men and the pasture of misogyny.

Also in the official section, the series by Alejandro Amenábar has arrived in the city The Fortune, about how several officials of the Spanish ministry decided to fight for their heritage and confront an all-powerful pirate and American millionaire who took over a sunken treasure off the Spanish shores.

And in the Perlak section we have seen what is perhaps the best film of those screened in this edition of Zinemaldia, The power of the dog, from Jane Campion, which had already premiered at the Venice festival and is competing for the Audience Award. François Ozon has presented Everything went well plea for euthanasia that falls far short of his other films

‘Tammy Faye’s eyes’

The film presented by Jessica Chastain at the 69th edition of the San Sebastian Festival tries to do justice to a controversial figure dragged through the mud by the tabloid press, but who was actually betrayed by the men around her.

Tammy Faye’s story is fascinating. Under the appearance of a perfect housewife, with the air of a crazy woman, which changes into a somewhat grotesque drag queen aesthetic with the passage of time, and shows that there is much more than her squeaky voice, and her permanent smile. Because Tammy Faye’s eyes is the portrait of a brave and pioneering woman, with great courage, a generous and optimistic spirit towards others and towards the challenges she faced, and who was kept in a second row by the misogyny of the time in which she became a star. In the shadow of a husband (Andrew Garfield), much less brilliant than her, but who controlled his empire by being a man. She knew how to see the betrayal that was coming and that he managed to escape from prison, but lost the entire empire they had built thanks to his determination and his vision completely ahead of his time, although he did not know what was looming over them. As his mother warns him:

“You follow him blindly, but deep down you are blind.”

The fiction produced by and starring Jessica Chastain, who fell in love with the character after watching the documentary about her story, masterfully and intimately portrays the extraordinary rise, fall, and redemption of evangelist telepreacher Tammy Faye Bakker.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, started the world’s largest network of religious television networks practically out of nowhere., as well as a theme park, and enjoyed immense popularity thanks to their messages of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indestructible eyelashes, her original way of singing and her generosity when it came to welcoming people who were excluded by the traditional church, such as gays or AIDS patients. But financial irregularities, rivalries and intrigues, and scandals will topple a meticulously built empire.

It is directed by Michael Showalter (Baxter, or Hello, my name is Doris) that gives him that somewhat comical or grotesque vision and that look so world-perfect in the style of the Show de Truman, which remind us at all times that the set will fall at some point. Chastain’s almost unrecognizable performance couldn’t be more brilliant, which is sure to make her a serious Oscar contender.

‘The Fortune’

Alejandro Amenábar premieres in the series universe with The Fortune and today it will seat its spectators in the Kursaal in a session of 4.5 hours (there are 6 chapters of about 45 minutes) to be able to see the complete series of adventures that Movistar + will premiere in Spain on Thursday, September 30, and will arrive in the US and Latin America next year.

The story of La Fortuna, based on the comic by Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral -who is the royal official behind the story-, The Black Swan’s Treasure, recounts the vicissitudes that the Spanish Government had to face to recover a treasure sunk in the 19th century, which a millionaire and looter took from the bottom of the sea.

For this he puts us in the shoes of Alex Ventura (Alvaro Mel), a young and inexperienced diplomat, finds himself unintentionally turned into the leader of a mission that will put all his convictions to the test: recover the underwater treasure stolen by Frank Wild (Stanley Tucci), an adventurer who travels the world looting the common heritage of the depths of the sea. Forming a unique team with Lucía (Ana Polvorosa), a combative civil servant, and Jonas Pierce (Clarke Peters), a brilliant American lawyer with a passion for old pirate stories, Álex will embark on the adventure of his life, discovering the importance of love, friendship and commitment to what you believe in.

The series has a brilliant cast, both Spanish – highlights a fantastic Karra Elejalde as minister, and a great Manolo Solo as a legionary obsessed with treasure, a young Álvaro Mel and a combative Ana Polvorosa- and American -Stanley Tucci, Clarke Peters, T’Nia Miller-, an excellent level of production, which takes us into a passionate story.

It has a bit of a thriller, a pirate adventure, a historical film, and a trial movie, spiced up with a peculiar love story. It works perfect as an adventure entertainment to watch at the end of the day.

Amenábar arrives in San Sebastián after having inaugurated the festival in 2015 with Regression (Regression) –out of competition- the Official Section of the Festival, in which he competed in 2019 with While the War lasts, winner of five Goya awards.

The power of the dog

In the Perlak section we saw yesterday the new of Jane Campion, which will premiere on Netflix in December, and is probably the best we have seen in this 69 edition of the Festival and which we already talked about when it premiered at La Mostra de Venecia, and which we share with you here.

Venice Film Festival Day 2: Netflix shows its cards: ‘The power of the dog’ by Jane Campion and ‘It was the hand of God’ by Paolo Sorrentino

‘Everything went well’

We have also been able to see the plea for euthanasia with a touch of comedy Everything went well, by French director François Ozon, starring a fantastic Sophie Marceau. We also saw it in Cannes and we already told you that there are other proposals from the director that suit us more. ‘Everything has gone well’, a shot at the stick