Nathalie Baye & Juan Diego Top San Sebastian Film Festival Awards

San Sebastian Film Festival Awards

2006 San Sebastian Film Festival: Sept. 21–30.

At a awards ceremony yesterday, Sept. 30, the 54th Donostia-San Sebastian 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 My Son / Mon fils à moi (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 Go Away from Me / Vete de mí (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): Half Moon / Niwemang, directed by Bahman Ghobadi, Iran-Iraq-Austria-France, and My Son / Mon fils à moi, directed by Martial Fougeron, France

Special Jury Prize: The Road to San Diego / El Camino de 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 Go Away from Me / Vete de mí, Spain

Silver Shell for Best Actress: Nathalie Baye for My Son

Jury Award for Best Screenwriter: Tom DiCillo for Delirious

Jury Award for Best Cinematography: Nigel Bluck and Crighton Bone for Niwemang / Half Moon

Donostia Career Awards: Max von Sydow and Matt Dillon

Altadis - New Directors Award: Fair Play, Lionel Bailliu (France)

Special Mention: The Road to Kalimugtong / Ang daan patungong Kalimugtong, Mes de Guzman (The Philippines)

Horizontes Award: The 12 Jobs / Os 12 Trabalhos, 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: Singapore Dreaming / Mei man ren sheng, Yen Yen Woo and Colin Goh (Singapore)

Volkswagen Youth Award: The Art of Crying / Kunsten at græde i kor, 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: The Railroad All Stars / Estrellas de La Línea, by Chema Rodríguez (Spain)



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 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)



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)



Photos: Iñaki Pardo

San Sebastian Film Festival 2006

Among the nineteen films in the main section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival are John Boorman's The Tiger's Tail, about twins whose radically different paths become intertwined later in life; Lars von Trier's big-business charade Direktøren for det Hele / The Boss of It All; and Forever, director Heddy Honigmann's look at the importance – for the living – of Paris' Père-Lachaise cemetery, where lie the remains of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Marcel Proust, and Chopin, among others.

The festival's Golden Shell winner will be announced on Sept. 30. Jeanne Moreau is the head of this year's jury.

Also at San Sebastian, Max von Sydow and Matt Dillon will receive the Donostia Award for the bulk of their careers. Previous winners – most of whom were Hollywood stars – include Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Isabelle Huppert, Lauren Bacall, Susan Sarandon, Francisco Rabal, and Catherine Deneuve. (Unlike the Lifetime Achievement Oscars, the career Donostia has gone to numerous female performers.)

Main Competition Films:

El camino de San Diego / The Road to San Diego
Carlos Sorin • Argentina •

Copying Beethoven
Agnieszka Holland • USA - UK - Hungary •

Tom DiCillo • USA •

Direktøren for det Hele / The Boss of It All
Lars von Trier • Denmark - Sweden - France •

Heddy Honigmann • Holland •

Nick Broomfield • UK •

Hana yori mo naho / Hana
Kore-eda Hirokazu • Japan •

Karaula / Border Post
Rajko Grlic • Croatia - Bosnia Herzegovina - Macedonia - Slovenia - Serbia - UK - Hungary - Austria - France •

Lo que sé de Lola / Ce que je sais de Lola / What I Know About Lola
Javier Rebollo • Spain - France •

Lonely Hearts
Todd Robinson • USA •

Más allá del espejo / Beyond the Mirror
Joaquín Jordá • Spain •

Mon fils à moi / My Son
Martial Fougeron • France •

Niwemang / Half Moon
Bahman Ghobadi • Iran - Iraq - Austria - France •

Orae doin jung won / The Old Garden
Im Sang-soo • South Korea •

Si le vent soulève les sables / Sounds of Sand
Marion Hänsel • Belgium - France •

Sleeping Dogs Lie
Bobcat Goldthwait • USA •

The Tiger's Tail
John Boorman • UK - Ireland •

Vete de mí
Víctor García León • Spain •

Las vidas de Celia / Celia's Lives
Antonio Chavarrías • Spain - Mexico •

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