Scottish film takes top prize at San Sebastian
The Scottish actor and director Peter Mullan has won the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival with his film Neds, a coming-of-age tale , set in 1970s Glasgow.
The jury, headed by Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic, awarded Mullan the Golden Shell.
The film’s young star Conor McCarron won the best actor award.
Neds – which is slang for non-educated delinquents – explores the theme of Glasgow’s hard-man culture.
The 58th San Sebastian Film Festival awarded the Franco-Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz the best director prize for his four-hour movie Misterios de Lisboa, inspired by the work of Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco.
Spain’s Nora Navas won the best actress prize for Black Bread, by the Catalan director Agusti Villaronga, set during the Spanish civil war of 1936-39.
The jury prize went to Elisa K, a Spanish film about child sexual abuse by fellow Catalan directors Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena.
Earlier in the week Spanish actor Javier Bardem awarded the Donostia prize – marking a film career – to Julia Roberts, his co-star in the recent theatrical release Eat Pray Love.