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San Sebastián, Spain, September 30th, 2017 (SIGNIS). The Colombian film Kill Jesus is the Special Prize for the 60 years of the SIGNIS Jury at the International Film Festival of San Sebastián, Spain.
This film is directed by the young director and scriptwriter, Laura Mora, and tells the story of Paula, a young college student, who witnesses the murder of her father and manages to recognize the hit man.
"Kill Jesus reveals an irrational and faceless violence that makes the victim the persecutor. When looking at the hidden face of the murderer, Paula will have to decide between revenge and forgiveness," says the SIGNIS Jury in its justification of the Prize.
The SIGNIS Prize went to Life and nothing more (Spain / United States) of the Spanish director Antonio Méndez Esparza, which tells the story of an African-American woman struggling to redeem her family and her teenage son.
This feature film reflects "with depth and filmic precision the gigantic effort of an African-American mother to get ahead and achieve the survival of her family in the southern United States. With a visual style close to documentary, Life and Nothing More exposes the urgency of care for family life and how violence labels and conditions young people. This is undoubtedly one of the most humane and hopeful proposals of the moment. "
The jury also gave a special commendation to a brilliant documentary about an extraordinary Belgian judge, Anne Gruwez: Ni juge, ni soumise of the filmmakers Yves Hinant and Jean Libon (France / Belgium).
This documentary tells the peculiar work of the examining magistrate Anne Gruwez, who for three years allowed the filming of several real cases in her court, "the efficient cinematographic work accounts for a brave woman, committed to justice, always with a merciful attitude and without yielding to difficulties or threats Anne reflects a human face of justice ", says the Jury.
The SIGNIS Jury was composed of Gustavo Andújar (Cuba, President), Edorta Kortadi (Spain), Sergio Joel Ascencio (Mexico), Carlos (Spain) and Edgar Rubio (Belgium).