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"Life and Death," "Precious" Top San Sebastian Winners

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 28, 2009 at 9:11AM

The 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, with Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death" topping the jury prizes by winning the fest's Golden Shell for best film. The film - a dramatization of the rape of Nanking in 1937 - also earned a prize for Cao Yu's cinematography, and took home the fest's SIGNIS award (presented by the World Catholic Association For Communication).
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The 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival came to a close this weekend, with Lu Chuan's "City of Life and Death" topping the jury prizes by winning the fest's Golden Shell for best film. The film - a dramatization of the rape of Nanking in 1937 - also earned a prize for Cao Yu's cinematography, and took home the fest's SIGNIS award (presented by the World Catholic Association For Communication).

Other major winners at the fest - which closed Saturday night with a screening of Rodrigo García's "Mother and Child" - included Lee Daniels' "Precious," which won both the fest's audience prize (which comes with 70,000 euros to support the promotion of the film), and the TVE-Another Look Award; Antonio Naharro and Álvaro Pastor's "Yo Tambien" won both of the fest's Silver Shells for acting, with Lola Duenas taking the actress award and Paolo Pineda taking the actor award; Francois Ozon's "Le Refuge" won the jury's Special Prize for overall runner-up; and Javier Rebollo won the Silver Shell for best director for "La Mujer sin piano."

For a complete list of winners, check out the festival's website.