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Icelandic director wins "Golden Shell" at San Sebastian film festival

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Icelandic director wins "Golden Shell" at San Sebastian film festival


The “Golden Shell”, the top prize at the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain has been awarded to Icelandic director Runar Runarsson for “Sparrows”.

The coming-of-age tale is set in northern Iceland during the nightless summer days and tells the story of a 16-year-old boy who is sent to live with his estranged father after his mother moves to Africa.

The “Silver Shell” for best director went to Belgium’s Joachim Lafosse for “The White Knights”. The movie stars the best actor at this year’s Cannes film festival Vincent Lindon as the head of a NGO trying to rescue 300 children from civil war-torn Chad.

The winner of the “Silver Shell” for best actor was given to both Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara for their roles in Cesc Gay’s friendship comedy-drama “Truman”.

Cuba’s Yordanka Ariosa picked up the prize for best actress for for Agusti Villaronga’s “The King of Havana” – a dark sexual story set in embargo-hit Cuba in the 1990s.

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