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AFP

 Australian actor Hugh Jackman will receive a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival which gets underway Friday in Spain with 13 movies in competition for the best film award.

The 44-year-old “Wolverine” and “X-Men” star will collect the festival’s Donostia award - the Basque name for the coastal city San Sebastian - on September 27, the penultimate day of the nine-day festival, just before his latest film “Prisoners” is screened out of competition.

Directed by Canada’s Denis Villeneuve the movie tells the story of a distraught father, played by Jackman, who holds captive the troubled young man he believes kidnapped his six-year-old daughter. Spanish actress Carmen Maura, best known for her starring role in Oscar-winning director Pedro Almodovar’s “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”, will also receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish speaking world. Past recipients of the award include Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen and Robert De Niro. In the race for the festival’s Golden Shell award for best film is Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s “Devil’s Knot” about a private investigator played by Colin Firth whose detective work helps get three men who had been convicted of murder released from prison in Arkansas.