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September 28, 2009 9:11 AM
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"Life and Death," "Precious" Top San Sebastian Winners

Director Lu Chuan and actress Qin Lan with the Golden Shell for Best Film. Image courtesy of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

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.

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