Ireland San Sebastian Film Festival: Georgian film triumph by Dea Kulumbegashvili

16:40  27 september  2020
16:40  27 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Georgian Film ‘Beginning’ Sweeps San Sebastian Fest Awards on a Night of Triumph For Female 13 films were in the running for prizes in this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival competition, but it In a stunning sweep, Georgian writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili ’s debut feature “Beginning” took

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La réalisatrice Dea Kulumbegashvili reçoit le prix du meilleur réalisateur pour le film «Beginning», à San Sebastian, le 26 septembre 2020. © REUTERS / Vincent West Director Dea Kulumbegashvili receives the award for best director for the film "Beginning", in San Sebastian, September 26, 2020.

La storm has risen and the curtain has fallen on the 68th edition of the international festival. A particular festival due to the Covid-19 pandemic which upset its organization, but the public was there, the films also with their share of discoveries and favorites.

From Cannes to San Sebastian ... The Franco-Georgian film by Dea Kulumbegashvili, Dasatskiki (Beginning) which had been selected at Cannes won the day in San Sebastian. This debut feature by young director Dea Kulumbegashvili received the awards for best director, screenplay and performance for the female character and the - so coveted - Golden Concha of the festival. The jury, chaired by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, was won over by this drama filmed in Georgia. Against a background of religious fanaticism, he portrays Yana, wife of the leader of a community of Jehovah's Witnesses and recounts - in long still shots - her descent into hell. "Beauty and violence cannot be understood without each other, both are part of life", explained the director of her film. The film, which had received critical acclaim in Toronto, elicited a wide variety of reactions, whether in favor or not.

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The young Georgian Dea Kulumbegashvili (1986), who premiered her short films at the Festival de Cannes and at the Directors’ Fortnight, makes her The film , which will have its world premiere at San Sebastian , narrates the harassment suffered by a Jehovah’s witness and her family at the hands of

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Several films in the official selection at Cannes had been selected in San Sebastian, this was also the case for Drunk by Thomas Vinterberg and this brought luck to the quartet of actors since they were collectively awarded the Silver Concha of best actor. Julien Temple was awarded the Special Jury Prize for his documentary Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan. The former Pogues singer has been one of the stars of San Sebastian screens.

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The festival presented several films which tell about Mexico and its social and political tensions. Fauna by Nicolas Pereda, the punch to the stomach by Michel Franco, Nuevo orden (grand jury prize at the Venice Mostra) and Sin señas particulares by Fernanda Valadez who received the Latino Horizontes prize. We follow the quest of a mother who goes in search of her son who left with a friend to the north in search of work and a better life, and of whom she has no news. She does not recognize him in the bodies presented to her and refuses to believe in his death. A poignant portrait of a woman, a gallery of characters throughout her encounters and a beautiful image in the service of a drama experienced by thousands of families in Mexico.

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See more of Lethe - a short film by Dea Kulumbegashvili on Facebook. Lethe by Dea Kulumbegashvili will be screened at Georgian Filmfest in Monopol Kino Munich on 28 April 2017 and Berlin Babylon Kino on 3 May 2017. www.teacup- filmfestival .com ფილმი ლეთა იქნება ნაჩვენები

The debut by Dea Kulumbegashvili and the second film from Takuma Sato will also contend for the Golden Shell at the 68th edition. The North American actor will present ‘Falling’, his directorial debut, at the Festival ’s 68th edition. The San Sebastian Festival extends the film submission deadline until

Feature films which, we hope, will find distribution in France, as well as the bright and moving film by Spanish director Fernando Trueba, which closed the festival with El olvido que seremos, adapted from the book by Colombian Hector Abad Faciolince. He tells the story of his father's life, a socially engaged doctor, murdered by thieves in Medellin in the 1980s. The film is notably served by the masterful interpretation of Javier Camara.

And one could quote others, of these films which question, surprise, nourish, seduce. This is the role of a festival, recalled all the invited professionals who praised the courage of the San Sebastian team and its director José Luis Rebordinos for maintaining the meeting despite the health threat.

The complete list on the website of the San Sebastian International Film Festival

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