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68th San Sebastian Film Festival's winners announced

Sep 27, 2020 12:41:32 PM / by Marie Mathieu

This weekend marked the end of the 68th San Sebastian Film Festival, which was inaugurated by Woody Allen’s Rifkin’s Festival on September 18th. The winners of this year’s edition were announced at the Closing Gala on Saturday Night by the Jury members, Luca Guadagnino, Joe Alwyn, Marisa Fernández Armenteros, Michel Franco, and Lena Mossum.  



                                               Beginning Courtesy San Sebastian Film Festival


Beginning, a psychological drama portraying the effects of an extremist attack on a Jehovah Witness community, is the  festival’s big winner. The French-Georgian production, directed and written by Déa Kulumbegashvili was awarded the Golden Shell for Best Film, the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay, and the Silver Shell for Best Director. Ia Sukhitashvili, the film’s lead actress, also won the Silver Shell for Best Actress.

Other winners of this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival include Mads Mikkelsen, who took the Silver Shell for Best Actor for his role in Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round, and Yuta Tsukinaga, who won the Jury Prize for Best Cinematography for the film Any Crybabies Around?. A Special Jury Prize was also awarded to Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan directed by Julien Temple.


List of winners below


Official Selection Awards


Golden Shell for Best Film: Beginning, directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili

Special Jury Prize: Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan, directed by Julien Temple

Silver Shell for Best Director: Beginning, directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili

Silver Shell for Best Actress: Ia Sukhitashvili for her role in Beginning

Silver Shell for Best Actor: Mads Mikkelsen for his role in Another Round

Best Screenplay: Dea Kulumbegashvili and Rati Oneli for Beginning

Best Cinematography: Yuta Tsukinaga for Any Crybabies Around?


Other Awards


New Directors’ Award: Last Days of Spring, directed by Isabel Lamberti

New Directors’ Award (Special Mention): Slow Singing, directed by Dong Xingyi

Latin Horizons Award: Identifying Features, directed by Fernanda Valadez

Latin Horizons Award (Special Mention): One in a Thousand, directed by Clarisa Navas

San Sebastian Audience Award: The Father, directed by Florian Zeller


Go to to discover the 68th San Sebastian Film Festival’s full list of winners.


Written by Marie Mathieu

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