James Franco's 'Disaster Artist' Takes Top Prize at San Sebastian Film Festival

"This film really touched my heart because it's about a crazy man, and in these crazy times I hope it brings a little inspiration to us all," Franco said while accepting the prize.

Actor and director James Franco’s Hollywood comedy-drama The Disaster Artist took the top prize, the Golden Shell, at the San Sebastian International Film Festival on Saturday.

Based on a non-fiction book of the same name, the film chronicles the making of the cult movie The Room by Tommy Wiseau. The fest's top honor was awarded by jury president John Malkovich.

“This film really touched my heart because it’s about a crazy man, and in these crazy times I hope it brings a little inspiration to us all,” Franco, who starred in the pic alongside his brother, Dave Franco, said while accepting the prize.

Anahí Bernerí earned the Silver Shell for best director and the distinction of being the first woman in the 65-year history of the festival to garner the honor for the Argentine production Alanis, which centers on a young mother in Buenos Aires who goes to work as a prostitute to support her family.

The award for best actress went to Sofia Gala for her starring role in Alanis, while Bogdan Dumitrache received the best actor nod for his role as the father of a young girl who goes missing in the Romanian production Pororoca.

Spain’s Handia, co-directed by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi, won both the trophy for best Basque film and the special jury prize. The pic tells the story of a man who takes his younger brother, who suffers from gigantism, around Europe to put him on display at freak shows.

Another double winner was Jusqúá La Garde, helmed by Xavier Legrand. The film, about a bitter custody battle, took both the TVE La Otra Mirada Award and the audience award for best European film, with the latter carrying a €20,000 ($24,000) cash prize.

A full list of award-winners follows:

Best film – James Franco’s The Disaster Artist
Best director – Anahí Bernerí, Alanis
Best actress – Sofia Gala, Alanis
Best actor – Bogdan Dumitrache, Pororoca
Photography – Florian Ballhaus, The Captain
Special jury prize – Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi’s Handia
Screenplay – Diego Lerman and Maria Meira’s Una Especie de Familia
Kutxa New Director – Marine Francen, The Sower
Horizontes – Marcela Said’s Los Perros
Zabaltegi Tabakalera – Clement Cocitor’s Braguino
Audience Award – Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Audience Award for European Film – Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu'á La Garde
Basque film – Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi’s Handia
TVE La Otra Mirada – Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu'á La Garde

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