“San Sebastián International Film Festival closed its 69th edition Saturday with Romanian director Alina Grigore’s first film ‘Blue Moon’ taking the top prize.
The film festival has definitely proven that it is now a major event for European and world cinema, with another woman winning the top award, as in Cannes and Venice.
“This award represents the courage of a team of artists to express in a different kind of way the feminine creativity and creativity in general,” Grigore said.
Her raw and challenging debut film was the surprise winner of the Golden Shell, even after it was by no means a press and audience favourite for any award.
‘Blue Moon’ follows the story of young Irina who dreams to receive higher education at the University of Bucharest while her dysfunctional family serves to undermine her future.
An ambiguous sexual experience with an artist spurs her to fight back against her family’s violence.”