Donostia/San Sebastian, September 27th, 2008 (SIGNIS).- The SIGNIS Jury at the 56th San Sebastian International Film Festival, has decided to award the SIGNIS Prize to the American independent film Frozen River, by Courtney Hunt, and the SIGNIS Commendation to Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Still walking.

"The SIGNIS Prize -said the Jury- went to Frozen River , by Courtney Hunt (USA), for its deep intercultural approach, presenting the story of two women struggling among racism, a wounded motherhood and human traffic. In front of this frozen river (highlighted in the film's title), characters recognize their guilt and discover a new way of hope and forgiveness."

The SIGNIS Jury awarded its Commendation to the Japanese film Still walking , by Hirokazu Kore-Eda.

"For the depiction of a family with universal characters, the very old parents are visited by their children on a summer day, together, they have the chance to remember their loved ones; creating a significant space for common prayer and reflection."

The members of the SIGNIS Jury were: Ricardo Yanez (Argentina/USA), Santiago de Pablo (Spain), Edgar Rubio (Mexico), Jerónimo José Martín (Spain) and Wolfgang Hamdorf (Germany).

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