Thursday, June 13, 2024

Romanian Film ‘Blue Moon’ wins San Sebastian Film Festival

For the third year running, the Golden Shell award went to a debut film: Crai nou / Blue Moon, directed by Alina Grigore. The film follows Irina, a young woman who struggles to receive a higher education and escape her dysfunctional family. An ambiguous sexual experience with an artist will spur her intention to fight the family’s violence.

Tea Lindeburg won the Best Director Silver Shell for Du som er i himlen / As in Heaven. The actress in the film, Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl, and Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) received the Silver Shell for Best Leading Performance ex-aequo, while the Best Supporting Performance went to the cast of Jonás Trueba’s Quién lo impide / Who’s Stopping Us.

Terence Davies won the Best Screenplay Jury Prize for Benediction and Claire Mathon, the Best Cinematography Award for her work in Enquête sur un scandale d’état / Undercover. The jury has also decided to give a Special Prize to Earwig, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic.

Nich’ya / Unwanted (Russia), by the director Lena Lanskih, won the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, while Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra earn a special mention for Carajita. Tatiana Huezo picked up the the Horizontes Award for Noche de fuego / Prayers for the Stolen, which had previously reaped a special mention in Un Certain Regard at the Festival de Cannes.

The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award went to Vortex by Gaspar Noé, while the short film U šumi / In The Woods by Sara Grgurić won the Nest Award.

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