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Iraq war tale wins at Spanish Film Fest
Updated: 2004-09-26 10:18

A film about Iraqi villagers desperate for a satellite dish as they await the U.S. invasion won the top prize Saturday at Spain's leading film festival.

Denmark's actress Connie Nielsen holds the trophy as best actress during the closing ceremony of the San Sebastian Film Festival in San Sebastian, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004. Nielsen played in the Danish film 'Brothers.' [Reuters]
The honors for "Turtles Can Fly" concluded the San Sebastian festival, after nine days of showings that featured the debut of Woody Allen's new film "Melinda and Melinda" and lifetime achievement awards for Allen, Jeff Bridges and Annette Bening.

Director Bahman Ghobadi's Iraq war film relates the story of Kurdish villagers who receive news that the war is drawing closer. Ghobadi, who was born in a Kurdish area of Iran, won an award at the Cannes film festival in 2000 and in Chicago in 2002 for other films.

The award for best actor went to Ulrich Thomsen for his work in the Danish film "Brothers" — another military story, this time about Afghanistan. The woman who play the soldier's wife, Connie Nielsen, won best actress.

The trophy for best director went to China's Xi Jinglei for her film "Letter from an Unknown Woman"_ about a man in the late 1940s who learns he has a child from a short-lived romance with a woman he does not remember.

The jury's special award went to Goran Paskaljevic for his story of Bosnian war refugees squatting in the apartment of a Serb returning to seek a new life.

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