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Chinese director wins San Sebastian film award

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Chinese director Lu Chuan’s film “City of Life and Death” has won the top prize at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Depicting the Japanese occupation of Nanjing in 1937, it won the festival’s best film award. The movie deals with a six-week period beginning in 1937, when soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and raped tens of thousands of women in the city. The festival’s top acting award went to an actor with Down’s Sydrome, Pablo Pineda, for his role in the film “Yo también”. Pineda was the first Spanish person with Down’s syndrome to obtain a university degree. The best actress award went to his co-star Lola Duenas for her performance in the same film. “Yo también” tells the story of a man with Down’s syndrome who gets a university degree and falls in love with a work colleague.