'Pandora's Box' tops San Sebastian fest

Michael Winterbottom wins best director for 'Genova'

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- Yesim Ustaoglu's "Pandora's Box" walked away with the Golden Shell in a ceremony Saturday night that sprinkled prizes broadly and wrapped the 56th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Michael Winterbottom took the best director honor for "Genova," starring Colin Firth, while Samira Makhmalbaf's Iranian-French "Two-Legged Horse" won the special jury prize.

Cao Baoping's "The Equation of Love and Death" won the coveted 90,000-euro Altadis-New Directors Prize, to be split between the director and the Spanish distributor of the film.

"Pandora's Box" protagonist Tsilla Chelton shared the best actress award with Melissa Leo for her role in "Frozen River," while Oscar Martinez won the actor award for his role as a writer struggling with his children's growing independence in "Empty Nest."

"Nest," directed by Daniel Burman, also picked up the prize for Hugo Colace's cinematography, while Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern won the best screenplay prize for "Louise-Michel."

Guatemala's Julio Hernandez-Cordon won the 35,000-euro Horizontes award for his "Gasolina," a previous winner of the Films in Progress initiative.

Jaime Rosales' profile of Basque terrorists in "A Bullet in the Head" won the FIPRESCI critics award, while "Frozen River" took pubcaster TVE's Other Look Award, rewarding stories told of, for or by women.

The festival, which runs in Spain's northern Basque region, awarded Meryl Streep a Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, before the close.
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