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Dea Kulumbegashvili swept the awards ceremony.

Beginning, the film by Georgian director Dea Kulumbegashvili, fulfilled the forecasts of specialists who pointed out it as “the great favorite” of the Official Selection of the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. He took the Golden Shell for the best film, in addition to the awards for best director, best actress and best screenplay.

“The film, revelation, is a moment of authentic cinema that fills the screen with flames,” said (mask through) the president of the Official Section jury, Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, seconds before presenting the trophy in a Kursaal at medium, with free spaces between the seats of each attendee to comply with the strict sanitary measures due to the pandemic.

The gala could also be followed virtually, both on Basque public television and on the internet.

The film, which follows the story of Yana, the wife of the leader of a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a provincial town attacked by an extremist group, arrived at the gala with the aura of a winner, and did not disappoint.

The Concha de Oro was joined by the Concha de Plata for best director for Kulumbegashvili, best actress for its protagonist, Ia Shukitasvili; in addition to the jury award for best script for Kulumbegashvili herself in a duo with Rati Oneli.

The Silver Shell for best actor turned out to be a collective award: the jury chose the four protagonists of Druk / Another Round, the film by Danish Thomas Vinterberg (who already had the Feroz Zinemaldia award from the specialized critics in his pocket): Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe.

The main honors of the Zinemaldia were completed with the Special Prize of the jury for Crock of Gold: a Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, of the English Julien Temple; and the jury award for best cinematography for Japanese Yuta Tsukinaga, for the film by his compatriot Takuma Sato, ?Any Crybabies Around.

The Argentine presence in the different sections of the Festival was important and varied this year, and included the films of Eduardo Crespo (We will never die) and Pablo Agüero (Akelarre) in the Official Section.

The movie The thousand and one, from the correntina Clarisa Navas (in co-production Argentina / Germany) received the special mention of the jury of the Horizons section.

The expectation and concerns about the coronavirus were great, in a year in which many of the great film events of the season had to be canceled or postponed.

However, the San Sebastian appointment could be carried out almost without inconvenience, except for the unpleasant episode with the American director Eugene Green, who decided to disobey the requirement to wear a mask and was expelled from the compound last Wednesday after they caught his attention up to five times.

Days ago, Viggo Mortensen presented Falling, his directorial debut. The family drama addresses topics such as memory, difficulty in communicating and caring for the elderly.

“It can be considered a bit late to start directing now, but I have wanted to do it for a long time,” said the American actor, who spent part of his childhood in Argentina.

(Information from EFE and Télam)


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