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‘The Kings of the World’ wins Golden Shell – Deadline

Colombian filmmaker Laura Mora has won the Golden Shell in the main competition of the 70th San Sebastián Film Festival with her latest feature film the Kings of the world (The Kings of the world).

Presented as a subversive story of disobedience, friendship and dignity, the film follows five children who live on the streets of Medellín and embark on a journey in search of the promised land. The film is a Colombian co-production with Luxembourg, France, Mexico and Norway.

This is the third consecutive year that a film directed by a woman has taken home the Golden Shell after Dea Kulumbegashvili. Beginning in 2020 and that of Alina Grigore blue Moon last year. This is also the first time that a Colombian production has won the highest award in San Sebastián in the festival’s seven decades.

In other awards in the main competition, Japanese writer Genki Kawamura picked up the Silver Shell for Best Director with Hundred Flowers (Hyakka). The animated feature film is Kawamura’s feature film debut and is based on his 2019 novel of the same name. The Best Screenplay Award was presented to Dong Yun Zhou and Wang Chao for their work on A woman (Kongxiu).

The two awards for gender-neutral acting at the festival went to Carla Quílez for The Maternaldirected by Pilar Palomero, and Paul Kircher for winter boy, directed by Christophe Honoré. Renata Lerman won the award for Best Cast for Diego Lerman The Substitute (The Substitute).

The jury for this year’s official competition was chaired by Argentine producer Matías Mosteirín. Glenn Close was originally intended to lead the jury, but he backed out due to a family emergency. The jury was completed by the French casting director and filmmaker Antoinette Boulat, the Danish filmmaker Tea Lindeburg, the Spanish writer Rosa Montero, the Lesotho filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and the Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason.

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The closing night awards gala in San Sebastian concluded with the world premiere of Marlowe, Neil Jordan’s latest film, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger. All three attended.

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