2006 San Sebastian Film Festival Awards
2006 San Sebastian Film Festival: Sept. 21-30, 2006
Photos: Iñaki Pardo
At a awards ceremony yesterday, Sept. 30, the 54th Donostia-San Sebastián Film Festival’s Golden Shell was given to two films: Niwemang / Half Moon (Iran-Iraq-Austria-France), which also took the International Film Critics’ FIPRESCI Award, and Mon fils à moi / My Son (France).
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi, Half Moon follows an old Kurdish-Iranian musician on his way to a performance in Iraq’s Kurdistan. Martial Fougeron’s Mon fils à moi is a coming-of-age story revolving around a dysfunctional mother-son relationship. As the doting mother, veteran Nathalie Baye (who earlier this year won the French Academy’s Best Actress César for Le Petit lieutenant) won the Silver Shell for Best Actress.
According to CBC, film critics protested one of the jury’s two choices: "Shouts of ‘no, no’ could be heard upon the announcement concerning the French film, but when the Kurdish film was announced there was enthusiastic applause."
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi, Half Moon follows an old Kurdish-Iranian musician on his way to a performance in Iraq’s Kurdistan. (Ghobadi had already won a Golden Shell in 2004, for Lakposhtha hâm parvaz mikonand / Turtles Can Fly.) Martial Fougeron’s Mon fils à moi is a coming-of-age story revolving around a dysfunctional mother-son relationship.
The CBC article adds that Mon fils à moi "has been described by Spanish reviewers as incoherent and was poorly received at its screening."
This year’s jury was headed by French actress Jeanne Moreau.
Tom DiCillo won two awards, as Best Director and for Best Screenplay for Delirious (USA), the tale of an ambitious small-time photographer starring Steve Buscemi. (One of those strange festival deals: The best-directed and best-written film failed to win the Best Film award.)
Veteran Spanish performer Juan Diego was the Best Actor for Vete de mí / Leave Me (Spain), in which he plays the harried father of an immature 30-year-old, while the Special Jury Prize went to Carlos Sorin’s El Camino de San Diego / The Road to San Diego (Argentina), about the tribulations encountered by a small-town man on his way to meeting his idol, soccer player Diego Maradona, who has been hospitalized in Buenos Aires.
Veteran French actress Jeanne Moreau was the head of the jury. Other jury members included Brazilian director Bruno Barreto, Spanish director Isabel Coixet, and Portuguese writer José Saramago.
Golden Shell for Best Film (ex aequo): Niwemang / Half Moon, directed by Bahman Ghobadi, Iran-Iraq-Austria-France, and Mon fils à moi / My Son, directed by Martial Fougeron, France
Special Jury Prize: El Camino de San Diego / The Road to San Diego, directed by Carlos Sorin, Argentina
Silver Shell for Best Director: Tom DiCillo for Delirious, United States
Silver Shell for Best Actor: Juan Diego for Vete de mi / Go Away from Me, Spain
Silver Shell for Best Actress: Nathalie Baye for Mon fils à moi / My Son
Jury Award for Best Screenplay: Tom DiCillo for Delirious
Jury Award for Best Cinematography: Nigel Bluck and Crighton Bone for Niwemang / Half Moon
Altadis - New Directors Award: Fair Play, Lionel Bailliu (France)
Special Mention: Ang daan patungong Kalimugtong / The Road to Kalimugtong, Mes de Guzman (The Philippines)
Horizontes Award: Os 12 Trabalhos / The 12 Jobs, Ricardo Elias (Brazil)
Special Mentions: El Violín, Francisco Vargas (Mexico), and El Custodio, Rodrigo Moreno (Argentina-Germany-France-Uruguay)
Audience Award: Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (USA)
Montblanc Award for New Screenwriters: Mei man ren sheng / Singapore Dreaming, Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh (Singapore)
Volkswagen Youth Award: Kunsten at Græde i kor / The Art of Crying, Peter Schønau Fog (Denmark)
FIPRESCI (International Film Critics) Award: Niwemang / Half Moon, by Bahman Ghobadi (Iran-Iraq-Austria-France)
SIGNIS Award: Delirious, by Tom DiCillo (USA)
CICAE Award: Cashback, by Sean Ellis (UK)
Special Mentions: Si le vent soulève les sables, by Marion Hänsel (Belgium-France) and Nömadak TX, by Raúl de la Fuente, with co-directors Pablo Iraburu, Harkaitz Martínez de San Vicente, Igor Otxoa (Spain)
Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos (Film Journalists Circle) Award: Copying Beethoven, Agnieska Holland (USA-UK-Hungary)
Gipuzkoa Blood Donors’ Solidarity Award: Ghosts, by Nick Broomfield (UK)
Sebastián 2006 Award: Estrellas de La Línea / The Railroad All Stars, by Chema Rodríguez (Spain)
FILM IN PROGRESS AWARDS
Industry Award to Films in Progress: Una Novia errante, Ana Katz (Argentina)
Casa de América Award: A Via Láctea / The Milky Way, Lina Chamie (Brazil)
CICAE Award: A Casa de Alice / Alice’s House, Chico Teixeira (Brazil)
TVE Award (ex aequo): Fiestapatria, Luis Vera Vargas (Chile-Peru) and A Casa de Alice / Alice’s House, Chico Teixeira (Brazil)
CINEMA IN MOTION AWARDS
Cinema in Motion Award: Mariage du Loup / Marriage of the Wolf, by Jilani Saadi (Tunisia)
CNC Grant: O Jardim do Outro Homem / The Other Man’s Garden, by Sol de Carvalho (Mozambique)
FILM SCHOOL AWARDS
TV 5 Award: 2 + 2 = 5, by Jorge Carrascosa (Spain)
CECC (Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya) Award: Cache ta joie / Hide Your Happiness, by Jean-Baptiste de Laubier (France)
JEANNE MOREAU (Chairwoman)
MANUEL GÓMEZ PEREIRA
ALTADIS–NEW DIRECTORS AWARD JURY:
PATRICIA REYES SPÍNDOLA (Chairwoman)
SUSANA DE MORAES
ROMÁN CHALBAUD (Chairman)