A Georgian-French drama, Beginning has won the top prize Golden Shell at San Sebastian Film Festival last night’s awards ceremony. While arthouse film from first-timer Dea Kulumbegashvili also won Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards.
While Kulumbegashvili had written a script with Rati Oneli . The film was the story of a persecuted family of Jehovah’s Witness missionaries from the perspective of a wife and mother. She finds her descending into a spiral of confusion and doubt, her suffering exacerbated by her debased treatment at the hands of the local police.
However, the silver shell for Best Actor was received by Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang and Lars Ranthe. And the Special Jury Prize went to the music documentary Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan. The Best Cinematography from Jury was won by Yuta Tsukinaga for his work in Any Crybabies Around?