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Saturday, October 03, 2009

57th Donostia Zinemaldia Festival de San Sebastian Award Winners


Yes, I’m back! Fortunately I spend some days with no Internet, no phones, and not much technology around… just an island with beautiful white beaches and lots of hot sun! But unfortunately I wasn’t able to watch the fest closing ceremony that always is more entertaining than the opening night. So, a little bit late but here are the winners.

Official Selection

Golden Shell for Best Film: City of Life and Death (aka Nanjing! Nanjing!), Lu Chuan, China and Hong Kong

Special Jury Prize: Le Refuge, François Ozon, France
Silver Shell for Best Director: Javier Rebollo for La Mujer Sin Piano (Woman Without Piano), Spain
Silver Shell for Best Actress: Lola Dueñas in Yo También (Me Too), Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro, Spain
Silver Shell for Best Actor: Pablo Pineda in Yo También (Me Too), Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro, Spain
Jury Prize for Best Cinematography: Cao Yu for City of Life and Death (aka Nanjing! Nanjing!), Lu Chuan, China and Hong Kong
Jury Prize for Best Screenplay: Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius and Christos Tsiolkas for Blessed, Ana Kokkinos, Australia

FIPRESCI Award: Los Condenados (The Damned), Isaki Lacuesta, Spain

SIGNIS Award: City of Life and Death (aka Nanjing! Nanjing!), Lu Chuan, China and Hong Kong
Special Mention: Yo También (Me Too), Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro, Spain


Kutxa-New Directors
Best First Film: Le Jour Ou Dieu est Parti en Voyage (The Day God Walked Away), Philippe Van Leeuw, Belgium
Special Mention: Sammen (Together), Matias Armand Jordal, Norway

Horizontes Latinos
Best Film: Gigante, Adrián Biniez, Uruguay
Special Mention: Francia (France), Israel Adrian Caetano, Argentina

Sebastian 2009 Award: Contracorriente, Javier Fuentes-Leon, Peru, Colombia, France and Germany

Audience Award
Best Film: Precious, Lee Daniels, USA
Best European Film: Desert Flower, Sherry Hormann, Austria, Germany, and UK

Youth Award: Min Dit (Before My Eyes aka The Children of Diyarbakir), Miraz Bezar, Germany and Turkey

Another Look Award
Best Film: Precious, Lee Daniels, USA
Special Mention: La Mujer Sin Piano (Woman Without Piano), Javier Rebollo, Spain

Films in Progress
Industry Award: La Vida Útil, Federico Veiroj, Uruguay
TVE Award: Norberto Apenas Tarde, Daniel Hendler, Uruguay
Casa de America Award: Rompecabezas, Natalia Smirnoff, Argentina

Cinema in Motion Award: In the Sands of Babylon, Mohamed Al-Daradji

To check all the award winners go here.

Most films have trailers, but tomorrow I will add the ones missing.

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