Women have won a large share of the awards at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.
The festival witnessed the American actress Jessica Chastain winning the first acting award, along with the Danish actress Flora Ophelia Hoffmann Lindahl (16 years).
The Romanian film (Blue Moon) won the Golden Coincidence Award for Best Film at the 69th session of the largest Spanish film festival, which concluded last night.
The festival’s first acting award went to Chastain for Best Leading Role for “The Eyes of Tami Faye”, along with Hoffman Lyndall for her role in “As in Heaven.”
“What a thrill it is to celebrate this year with the performance of two women, it amazes me,” said Chastain, who has been nominated for two Oscars.
Teh Lindberg won the Silver Shell Award for Best Director for the 19th century movie “As in Heaven.”
“The Blue Moon” is the debut work of Romanian director Alina Gregory and tells the story of a young woman trying to escape from a country house where she is being abused.
Other winners include Claire Matton, who won the Best Cinematography award for the French thriller “Secret”, and Franco-Bosnian director Lucile Hadzihalilovic, who won the festival’s special prize for her fantasy film “Erwij”.
The only male winner of the individual awards was British director Terrence Davis, who won best screenplay for “Benediction,” the biopic of English poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon.