Pasos Dobles takes home San Sebastian Golden Shell

British debut Wild Bill also picks up festival gong.

by Amber Wilkinson

Spanish/Swiss co-production Los Pasos Dobles (Double Steps) won the Golden Shell for best film at San Sebastian Film Festival.

The film - which I found rather beautiful but utterly mystifying in terms of content - is a poetic, fragmented and impressionistic look at the life of an artist retold and filtered through myth.

The Special Jury Prize went to Julie Delpy's hit and miss family comedy drama Le Skylab.

It was a good day for British debut director Dexter Fletcher, whose film Wild Bill - starring Charlie Creed-Miles as an ex-con trying to reconnect with his sons - took home the Euskatel Youth Award, based on an audience vote. It narrowly pipped fellow Brit Simon Arthur's debut Silver Tongues to the award by just 14 votes.

Adikos Kosmos took home two of the Silver Shells - best director for Filippos Tsitos and best actor for Antonis Kafetzopoulos. The Silver Shell for best actress went to Maria Leon for her role in La Voz Dormida (Sleeping Voice).

The prize for best cinematography went to Ulf Brantas for Swedish film Happy End, while Hirokazu Kore-eda's sweet childhood adventure story Kiseki (I Wish) won the jury prize for best screenplay.

The Kutxa- New Directors Award went to Der Fluss Wer Einst Ein Mensch (The River Used To Be A Man), helmed by Jan Zabeil. Both Hadar Friedlich and Sebastian Meise picked up special mentions for Emek Tiferet (A Beautiful Valley) and Stilleben (Still Life) respectively.

Las Acacias - which will screen at London Film Festival next month - took home the Horizontes Award, while Miss Bala and HIstorias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas both got special mentions.

The FIPRESCI award - chosen by film critics - went to Portugese film Sangue Do Meu Sangue (Blood Of My Blood), by João Canijo.

The Sebastiane Award - given to a film reflecting LGBT themes - went to Glenn Close cross-dress starrer Albert Nobbs.

The Artist and Et Maintenant On Va Ou both picked up Audience Awards.

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