Magical Girl triumphs in San Sebastian

Cedric Kahn's Wild Life takes speical jury prize.

by Amber Wilkinson

Magical Girl
Magical Girl
Spanish director Carlos Vermut was the major winner at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival, as his Magical Girl took home the top prize Golden Shell and best director prize.

It was a good night for Spanish film in general - which seems to be thriving rather than failing in the face of recession. Alberto Rodriguez’s Marshland (Isla Minima), a crime thriller which charts a serial killer hunt against the backdrop of the changing face of Spanish society after the fall of Franco, picked up the best actor for Javier Gutiérrez and saw Alex Catalan take home the prize for cinematography.

Vermut's twisty, blackly comic drama skewers the state of modern Spain - and the echoes of its past - as it tells the tale of desperate measures being taken by a father to please his sick daughter, which lead to extreme actions elsewhere.

The special jury prize went to Cedric Kahn for his Wild Life - a drama based on the true story of a man who went on the run with his children in France after losing a custody battle.

Dennis Lehane won the best screenplay award for his adaptation of his own novel - starring Tom Hardy as a Brooklyn barkeeper - The Drop, directed by Bullhead's Michael E Roskam.

Paprika Steen's portrayal of a highly strung ice queen in Bille August's Silent Heart, saw her named best actress.

Mexican director Alonso Ruiz Palacios won the Horizontes prize as well as the youth award for his part road-trip, part coming-of-age comedy Gueros.

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov took home the New Directors' Award for The Lesson (Urok), while the audience prize went to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s documentary The Salt Of The Earth.

Christian Petzold's German drama about the traumatic aftermath of war, Phoenix, won the Fipresci international critics prize.

The full list of winners is below

GOLDEN SHELL

Magical Girl, Carlos Vermut

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Wild Life, Cedric Kahn, France

SILVER SHELL, DIRECTOR

Carlos Vermut, Magical Girl, Spain

SILVER SHELL, ACTRESS

Paprika Steen (Silent Heart, Denmark)

SILVER SHELL, BEST ACTOR

Javier Gutierrez (Marshland, Spain)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Alex Catalan (Marshland, Spain)

SCREENPLAY

Dennis Lehane (The Drop, US)

KUTXA NEW DIRECTORS’ AWARD

The Lesson (Urok), Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Bulgary, Greece

SPECIAL MENTION

Modris, Juris Kursietis, Latvia, Germany, Greece

AUDIENCE AWARD

The Salt of The Earth (Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, France)

AUDIENCE AWARD, EUROPEAN FILM

Wild Tales (Damian Szifron, Argentina, Spain)

HORIZONTES AWARD

Gueros, Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico

SPECIAL MENTION

Natural Sciences, Matias Lucchesi, Gonzalo Salaya, Argentina, France

Gente de bien, Franco Lolli, France

YOUTH AWARD

Gueros, Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico

FILMS IN PROGRESS INDUSTRY AWARD

Magallanes (Peru, Argentina, Colombia)

SPECIAL MENTION

Ixcanul, (Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala, France)

FIPRESCI FILM CRITICS’ PRIZE

Phoenix (Christian Petzold, Germany)

TOKYO GOHAN FILM FESTIVAL AWARD

Finding Gaston (Patricia Perez, Peru, US)

FEROZ ZINEMALDIA AWARD

Marshland (Alberto Rodriguez, Spain)

TVE OTHER LOOK AWARD

Girlhood (Celine Sciamma, France)

SPECIAL MENTION

Gett, the trial of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz, Israel, Germany, France)

SIGNIS AWARD

A Second Chance (Susanne Bier, Denmark, Sweden)

SPECIAL MENTION

Loreak (Jon Garano, Jose Mari Goenaga, Spain)

IRIZAR AWARD

Negociador (Borja Cobeaga, Spain)

SEBASTIENE AWARD

The New Girlfriend (Francoios Ozon, France)

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