Women take top prizes at San Sebastian film festival

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American actress Jessica Chastain poses after receiving a tie Donostia Shell award at the 69th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on Saturday September 25, 2021 (AP Photo / Alvaro Barrientos )

American actress Jessica Chastain poses after receiving a tie Donostia Shell award at the 69th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, on Saturday September 25, 2021 (AP Photo / Alvaro Barrientos )

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The actresses and filmmakers took home the biggest prizes at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Saturday, with the Golden Shell for Best Film at “Blue Moon” (“Crai Nou”) by Romanian director Alina Grigore.

American actress and producer Jessica Chastain was honored for her portrayal of Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Messner in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” at the 69th edition of Spain’s largest film festival.

Chastain shared the award for best performance with 16-year-old Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl, who appeared in the Danish film “As in Heaven” (“Du som er i himlen”). Tea Lindeburg received the award for best director for the same film.

It was the first time that the film festival has awarded gender neutral awards, with no separate categories for men and women.

“Prayers for the Stolen” (“Noche de fuego”) by Tatiana Huezo won the award for best Latin American film.

Other winners included Claire Mathon, who received the Cinematography Award for “Undercover” (“Investigation into a State Scandal”) and Lucile Hadzihalilovic whose film “Earwig” won her the festival’s special prize, a honor she also received in 2015.

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