The main prize of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Golden Shell, was received on Saturday by the Romanian film “Blue Moon”, dir. Alina Grigore. Srebrna Muszla for the best leading role went ex aequo to Jessica Chastain for “Eyes of Tammy Faye” and Flora Ofeli for “Du som er i himlen”.
The 69th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival has come to an end. The jury of the Official Section, chaired by Georgian woman Dea Kulumbegashvili, decided that the festival’s most important award – the Golden Shell – would go to the Romanian production of “Blue Moon”, dir. Alina Grigore.
Golden Shell for “Blue Moon”
“I didn’t expect it at all,” said a moved 36-year-old director and actress, receiving the Golden Shell for “Blue Moon”. She thanked “all the men and women who have made our message possible so far.”
Blue Moon, which tells the story of a young woman struggling to get higher education and escape her dysfunctional family, was one of 17 films in this year’s competition.
Awards for directing and acting
The Best Director Award went to Danish director Tea Lindeburg for “Du som er i himlen”. The film tells the story of life in 19th century Denmark through the eyes of three women: 14-year-old Lise, her aunt and grandmother.
Flora Ofelia, who starred in the film, was awarded the Silver Shell with Jessica Chastain (“Eyes of Tammy Faye”) for the best leading role.
Special Jury Awards
The Special Jury Prize was awarded to the film “Earwig”, directed by Lucile Hadzihalilović.
The Jury Award for Best Screenplay went to Terence Davies for “Benediction”. In turn, the team of actors from the movie “Quién lo impide” by Jonas Trueba was awarded with the Silver Shell for the best supporting roles. The Jury Award for the best cinematography went to Claire Mathon for “Enquête sur un scandale d’Etat”.
Eight days and 170 films
Over 170 films were shown during the eight-day festival, including “One Second” by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, which was presented at the opening ceremony.
The San Sebastian Festival was first held in 1953. It is one of the events accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) as an international feature film competition festival.
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