Director Wayne Wang takes San Sebastian film prize

  • 2 October 2007

The awards for best film and best actor at the San Sebastian film festival have been won by the low budget movie A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang said the film took a long time to make, and implied that its low budget nature gave it extra gravitas.

'Not every story has to have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,' he added.

The film, which is about a Beijing widower’s visit to his recently-divorced daughter in the US, is based on a short story by the author Yiyun Li.

Wang fended off competition from 15 other films vying for the Golden Shell prize for best film.

The best actor prize went to Henry O.

The 79-year-old has appeared in a number of US television series such as ER, The West Wing and The Sopranos.

Actor Richard Gere and Swedish actress Liv Ullmann were also presented Donostia lifetime achievement awards at the festival considered one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world.

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