“Between Two Waters” Becomes the Winner of San Sebastian
“Between Two Waters” Becomes the Winner of San Sebastian
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San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful sites of Spain and The Basques call is Donostia. Every September, a film festival is held in this city by the see and the guests from all over the world are awaited by the one week Basque "Vacations" and the attack of Latin-American cinema.

San Sebastian was a festival which premiered Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda", the first films of Roman Polanski, Francis Ford Coppola, and Pedro Almodóvar. The festival has been attended by Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere, Brad Pitt and other famous artists.

For the second time already, Spanish director Isaki Lacuesta became the winner of the main prize "Golden Shell" for the film "Between Two Waters". "Between Two Water" tells the story of two brothers, who reunite after the long breakup: one was gone for a military mission and the other was sent to prison.

"Silver Shell" for Best Director was awarded to "Rojo" by Benjamín Naishtat covering the events going on in 1970s' Argentina. Darion Grandinetti from the same film was awarded for Best Actor and cinematographer Pedro Sotero got the prize for Best Cinematography.

As for the best actress this nomination was awarded to Pia Tjelta for Norwegian drama "Blind Spot".

Special Jury Prize was awarded to thriller by Brillante Mendoza "Alpha, The Right to Kill" regarding the fight against the drugs in Philippines. FIPRESCI Award was honored toClaire Denis film "High Life".

Every year, at San Sebastian Film Festival International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI announces the Film of the Year. The votes are collected from the Association members from different countries. Despite the fact that the leaders of this year's voting were "Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri" by Martin McDonagh and "Cold War" by Pawel Pawlikowski, the prize was awarded to Paul Thomas Anderson for "Phantom Thread". Paul Thomas Anderson is the first director ever getting the Award for the Best Film of The Year the third time. First, he received it for "Magnolia"(2000) and second for "There Will be Blood" (2008).

Every year, the festival gives the Honorific Awards to cinema professionals. This year, this award was honored to Judi Dench, a comedian Denny DeVito and Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda.
83 years old Judi Dench was nominated for Academy Awards 7 times. She has worked with the filmmakers as: Stephen Frears, James Ivory, Kenneth Branagh, Franco Zeffirelli, Sally Potter, Clint Eastwood and Sam Mendes.

Koreeda is the first ever Asian filmmaker being awarded with this prize of Honor at San Sebastian. His films are prized at multiple Film Festivals ("Distance", "After Life", "I Wish" and "The Third Murder"). In 2018, he got a Palme d'Or at Cannes for the Film "The Shoplifters".

Besides the film screenings and discussions, this year at the festival the topic of gender balance was very common. As the festival director José Luis Rebordinos pointed out, the next year, the festival is going to pay even more attention to gender equality, signing the special document like the directors of The Cannes, Locarno, Sarajevo and Venice Film Festivals: "Next year, we are going to work even more on that and provide a detailed information on how many of the films submitted are directed, produced, photographed or written by women. It's important for us to know how many women are behind key jobs in the production of the films. We have noticed over the years that there are a lot of women in the students section and in New Directors section. Moreover, 82% of our organization's employees are women and 4 out of 7 members of the board are also women."

Every year, San Sebastian Film Festival is visited by 100.000 viewers and film screenings are held in about 20 theatres.








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