Monday, September 29, 2008

San Sebastian winner is Pandora's Box

Turkish film wins top award in San Sebastian. Nineteen films vied for San Sebastian awards at the 10-day festival held in the northern Basque coastal city facing the Bay of Biscay. Donostia is San Sebastian’s name in the locally spoken Basque language. This year was the 56th edition of Spain’s top film festival.

Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf’s film "Two-legged Horse" took the festival jury’s special prize. The best actor award went to Argentina’s Oscar Martinez for his role in "El Nido Vacio" (The Empty Nest). The best cinematography award went to Hugo Colace for his camera work in "El Nido Vacio." Benoit Delphine and Gustave Kervern shared the award for best screenplay for the French movie "Louise-Michel."

Festivals annual New Director award went to Chinese filmmaker Cao Baoping for his film "The Equation of Love and Death." American director, Paul Thomas Anderson, was awarded the Fipresci prize - a subordinate category - for his film "There Will Be Blood." American actress Meryl Streep and Spanish actor Antonio Bandera’s were honored on Friday with the Donostia Prize for a lifetimes work.

[1] The Match Factory has sold Greek rights to San Sebastian Film Festival winner "Pandora's Box" to 2-1-0 Films after Spain's Karma Films acquired it for Spain at the beginning of the fest.

Cologne-based Match Factory said Trigon Film will release the pic in Switzerland. It will also be broadcast on the NHK web in Japan.

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