SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN — Georgian writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili’s very first feature movie”Starting” triumphed at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival, scooping up four of its best prizes including best film and best director.
The story about a neighborhood of Jehovah’s Witnesses at a tropical village at Georgia amid the wake of an extremist assault also won best screenplay and best actress for Ia Sukhitashvili at the awards ceremony Saturday night.
“Starting,” a Franco-Georgian co-production led from the 34-year old Kulumbegashvili, was initially set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, that was cancelled because of the outbreak.
The San Sebastian festival in northern Spain went forward but beneath coronavirus distancing limitations, including revealing fewer movies and having decreased occupancy for theaters.
The best actor award has been shared with the man outfit of Thomas Vinterberg’s”Another Round,” written of Mads Mikkelsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe and Thomas Bo Larsen.
Johnny Depp’s creation of”Crock of GoldA Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan,” a music movie about the singer of the Irish punk group The Pogues, shot the Special Jury Prize.
U.S. celebrity and movie director Viggo Mortensen obtained the Donostia Award for his contribution to theatre.
Kulumbegashvili stated she expects that the success of her movie is an inspiration for other directors only beginning, stating that each of the individuals who informed her at the funding procedure she needed to do it a particular way, besides she’d proposed, were incorrect.
“We’re quite uncooperative, and this also shows you want to think and do all you want to for your movie,” she explained. “I expect it serves as a good example for some other directors working in their very first characteristics that undergo rejection like I did. It forms a part of their standard procedure.”