The Romanian ‘Blue Moon’ wins the 2021 Golden Shell, and Jessica Chastain the silver one, in a list of 15 of her 20 great prizes for women

Chastain shared with the debutant Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl (‘As in Heaven’) the award for the best leading performance, while as best supporting performance they have awarded the adolescents of ‘Who prevents it’

The Palmarés of the San Sebastián Festival 2021 confirms what was glimpsed in its official section, and the rest of the programmed sections: it has been the women’s festival.

15 of its 20 grand prizes have gone to brilliant directors, actresses, and even a cinematographer. And almost all of his films were women’s stories.

The golden shell this edition has been for the Romanian film Blue Moon, a first film by Alina Grigore, about a young woman caught in the violence of her dysfunctional family. Despite the surprise that this award aroused in social networks, it is understood that a jury made up of directors with a very authorial type of cinema, has opted for Grigore’s claustrophobic film, made by a woman, which addresses very common concerns in women, and coming from a country, Romania, where to carry out a production like this is almost heroic.

Also the Silver Shell for the best direction has been for another debutante, the Danish Tea Lindeburg, has won the Silver Shell for Best Director for As in Heaven. It is also the first time that a Danish director has been awarded this distinction. Also, Jessica Chastain (Tammy Faye’s eyes) and Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl (As in Heaven) share the Silver Shell for the best lead performance.

Day 3: The surprise of the Festival is ‘As In Heaven’ and ‘Blue Moon’ offers pure vital claustrophobia

The Silver Shell for the best supporting performance is for the cast of Who prevents it. Candela Recio, Pablo Hoyos, Silvio Aguilar, Pablo Gavira, Claudia Navarro, Marta Casado, Rony-Michelle Pinzaru, Javier Sánchez They are a group of non-professional adolescent actors who are the soul of Jonás Trueba’s film, who has filmed them for 5 years.

In addition to starring in it, they were building the film on the fly, without a previous script, together with the director. They are also the only Spanish representatives in the track record, in addition to the special mention obtained in the Zabaltegui section by Helena Girón and Samuel M. Delgado for They carry death.

Day 6: the daily terror of ‘La Abuela’ invades Donosti, where we fall in love with the teenagers of ‘Who prevents it’

Terence Davies has won the Jury Prize for best screenplay for Benediction. This is his first official award at a festival in which he has already participated three times: in 2008 Zinemaldia dedicated a retrospective to him, and presented The Deep Blue Sea (2011) and Sunset Song (2015) in the Official Section. With Benediction a film about Siegfried Sassoon, an antiwar soldier and poet who survived World War I, has seen his work as a screenwriter recognized.

Day 2: Terence Davies returns with ‘Benediction’, and we enjoy with ‘Petite Mamman’

The film with the most awards of this edition is the Mexican Fire night, from Tatiana Huezo, on the violence in the Mexican mountains of drug trafficking, through the gaze of three girls. It is one of the festival films that we liked the most, despite not being in the official section, due to its sensitivity despite the harshness of its history, and it will be released on Netflix. In addition to being recognized as the best Latin Horizons film, it won the RTVE Otra Mirada Award and the AECID Award. Huezo’s film had already received a special mention in the section In some perspective from the Cannes Festival.

With Earwig Lucile Hadzihalilovic wins for the second time the Special Jury Prize and cinematographer Claire Mathon is recognized for her work on Enquête sur un scandale d’etat / Undercover ‘.

Day 1: A reunion with the cinema with Zhang Yimou and a haunting drama with ‘Earwig’

According to the press release issued by the festival, for the third consecutive year, the winning film of the Golden Shell has gone to a first film: in 2019 the winner was pacified, by Paxton Winters, and in 2020, Dasatskisi / Beginning, by Dea Kulumbegashvili. Precisely, this last director has chaired the official jury this year, which has decided to award the highest award of the Festival to Crai nou / Blue Moon, the debut feature by Romanian director Alina Grigore. This is the first Romanian production to be recognized with the Golden Shell in the history of the Festival.

The Audience Award was obtained by the French Cèline Sciamma for his story Petite Mamman, and On a dock in Normadía, by Emmanuelle Carrere, the audience award for the best European film.

Day 5: ‘The daughter’, a brilliant poisoned drama of ‘thriller’, and a trip to the precariousness with an imposter in ‘On a Normandy dock’

Those in charge of presenting the closing ceremony have been the journalist Edurne Ormazábal and the actor Alberto San Juan who have thanked the public for support in this 69th edition:

“If there is a constant in this festival, that is the participation and loyalty of its audience. Thanks for your example. Eskerrik asko “

After the gala, the premiere of The laws of the border, the new film by Daniel Monzón.

Day 8: We say goodbye to the Festival with ‘The laws of the border’, the quinqui cinema by Daniel Monzón

In this 69th edition of the San Sebastián Film Festival, we have also seen how the Donostia pledge fell on the actors Johnny Depp – not without controversy, since he had been denounced for mistreatment by his ex-partner – and the French actress Marion Cotillard.

In addition, the public had the opportunity to enjoy exclusively in Spain the new film by Pablo Larrain, Spencer. After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the magnificent proposal that tells the most personal story of Diana of Wales, was screened with great public success as a surprise film of the festival, something that has already been a tradition. A choice, which has not been accidental, in an edition marked by stories about women, and that do them justice, at a time when something is changing in the cinematographic universe with a gender perspective. It was time.

Audrey Diwan, winner of the Venice Film Festival: “We are living the revolution of women in cinema and I am proud to be part of it”


Golden Shell for Best Film
Crai nou / Blue Moon
Alina Grigore (Romania)

Special Jury Prize
Lucile Hadzihalilovic (United Kingdom – France – Belgium)

Silver Shell for Best Director
Tea Lindeburg
You who are in heaven / As in Heaven

Silver Shell for Best Lead Performance
Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl
You who are in heaven / As in Heaven

Jessica Chastain
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Los ojos de Tammy Faye)

Silver Shell for Best Cast Performance
Cast of the film
Who prevents it / Who’s Stopping Us -Jonás Trueba (Spain) –
Candela Recio, Pablo Hoyos, Silvio Aguilar, Pablo Gavira, Claudia Navarro, Marta Casado, Rony-Michelle Pinzaru, Javier Sánchez …

Jury Prize for Best Screenplay
Terence Davies

Jury Prize for best photography
Claire Mathon
State Scandal / Undercover Investigation
Thierry de Peretti (France)