Blackbird: Mitchell’s Film, Starring Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Mia Wasikowska Open San Sebastian Film Fest

Blackbird, starring Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon and Mia Wasikowska, an English-language remake of Bille August’s 2014 Danish movie “Silent Heart,” will open the 67th San Sebastian Film Festival on September 20.

World premiering at the Toronto Film Fest as a Gala Presentation, “Blackbird” will play in competition as a European premiere.

San Sebastian’s competition mixes world cinema auteurs with a few first features. “Silent Heart” brings it large star-laden independent which promising to be an audience-friendly melodrama.

Directed by Roger Michell (“Notting Hill,” “My Cousin Rachel”), “Blackbird” centers on terminally-ill matriarch, Lily (Sarandon). who reunites three generations of her family at their country house for one final time.

Lily informs them that she intends to end her life via euthanasia, but her daughters (Winslet and Wasikowska) discover family secrets which make the situation even more complicated.

Produced and sold internationally by Millennium Films and penned by “Silent Heart’s” screenwriter Christian Thorpe, “Blackbird” co-stars Sam Neill, Lindsay Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Bex Taylor-Klaus and Anson Boon.

“Silent Heart” screened in competition at San Sebastian in 2014, winning Paprika Steen a Silver Shell for Best Actress.

Michell played in competition in 2013 with “Le Week-End,” which earned Jim Broadbent a best actor Silver Shell.

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