Women win big at San Sebastian Film Festival

SAN SEBASTIAN, Sept.26 (Reuters) – Women were the big winners on the final evening of the San Sebastian Film Festival on Saturday, which saw American actress Jessica Chastain share the top performance award with the actress 16 year old Danish Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl.

Romanian film “Blue Moon” won the Golden Shell for Best Film at the 69th edition of Spain’s biggest film festival.

The festival’s very first Non-Sexist Actor Award, for Best Principal Performance, was awarded jointly to Chastain for “Tammy Faye’s Eyes” and to Hofmann Lindahl for his role in “As in Heaven”.

“How exciting it is this year to celebrate two female performances, it blows my mind,” said Chastain.

In “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” two-time Oscar nominee Chastain portrayed the rise and fall of Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, a role that is already generating a buzz for the Oscar star.

Tea Lindeburg won the Silver Shell for Best Director for “As in Heaven,” a flawless look at 19th-century motherhood told through the eyes of a teenage girl.

“Blue Moon” is the debut feature by Romanian director Alina Grigore and follows a young woman trying to escape from a violent rural household.

The other big winners were Claire Mathon, who won the award for best photography for the French thriller “Undercover”, and the Franco-Bosnian director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, who won the festival’s special prize for her film, the surrealist “Perce -hear”.

Tatiana Huezo won the award for best Latin American film for “Prayers for the Stolen”.

Céline Sciamma won the Audience Award for “Petite Maman”, while Emmanuel Carrère’s “Entre Deux Mondes” with Juliette Binoche won the Audience Award for Best European Film.

The only male winner in the individual categories was British director Terence Davies, who won the award for best screenplay for his Siegfried Sassoon biopic, “Benediction”.

Reporting by Vincent West; Written by Jessica Jones; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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