San Sebastian's Top Prizes Go To "Gun-shy," "Memories of Murder"
by Wendy Mitchell
The 51st Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival closed on Saturday, with the festival's golden shell award for best film going to Dito Tsintsadze's "Schussangst" (Gun-shy) from Germany. The silver shell for best director went to Boon Joon-ho for "Sa-Lin-Eui Chu-Eok" (Memories of Murder), from South Korea, which also won the new directors award and the Fipresci prize. Tom McCarthy's "The Station Agent," the Sundance hit that Miramax will release on Friday, won a special jury award, "for being a movie which talks about loneliness in a simple, amusing and miraculously non-sentimental manner."
Tha acting prizes both went to Spain's "Te Doy Mis Ojos" (My Eyes Are Yours) for Laia Marull (actress) and Luis Tosar (actor). The jury award for best photography went to Eduardo Serra for "Girl with a Pearl Earring," the Vermeer biopic. The jury's prize for best screenplay went to Per Fly, Kim Leona, Mogens Rukov and Dorte Høgh for "Arven" (Inheritance).
The Horizontes award went to Argentina's "Cautiva" by Gastón Biraben, with mentions to Damián Szifron's "Del Fondo Del Mar" and José Henrique Fonseca's "O Homem Do Ano." The "pearl of the audience" award went to Kim Ki-duk's "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring," the youth prize went to Achero Mañas' "Noviembre," the Arte award went to Joaquín Oristrell's "Los Abajo Firmantes," and the films in progress award went to Ciro Guerra's "La Sombra Del Caminante" (The Wandering Shadows). For the full list of awards, visit sansebastianfestival.ya.com.