Neds takes top prizes at San Sebastian

Peter Mullan and Connor McCarron awarded Gold and Silver Shells

by Amber Wilkinson

Peter Mullan's Neds walked away with two of the top prizes at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.

The film, which is loosely based on some aspects of Mullan's childhood in the Seventies was awarded the Golden Shell for best film.

Lead actor Connor McCarron was also given the Silver Shell for best actor for his role as a teenager who gets involved with Glasgow gang violence.

The Silver Shell for best actress was given to Nora Navas for her role in Pa Negre, which is set during the country's Civil War.

The Silver Shell for best director when to Raúl Ruiz for his four-hour marathon The Mysteries Of Lisbon, while Bent Hamer received a jury for his screenplay for Home For Christmas. Avant garde film Aita also earned a jury prize for cinematographer Jimmy Gimferrer, while Daoud Aoulad-Syad received a special mention for A Jamaâ.

The Colours Of The Mountain won the Kutxa Best New Directors award, with special mentions for La Vida Util and Nothing's All Bad.

The Horizontes Latinos award when to Diego Luna's Abel - who also won the Eusaktel Youth Award - with a special mention for A Tiro De Piedra.

Audience awards, meanwhile, when to Paul Giamatti starrer Barney's Version and documentary How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?

The FIPRESCI award - chosen by film critics - went to Japanese documentary Genpin.

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