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Iraqi tale wins at San Sebastian
Woody Allen
Woody Allen won a lifetime achievement prize at the festival
Iraq war film Turtles Can Fly - about a village awaiting the US invasion - has won the top prize at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival.

The film by director Bahman Ghobadi tells the story of villagers told by a mutilated boy that war is getting near.

The best actor and actress awards went to the stars of Brothers, a Danish tale based around the Afghanistan war.

Best screenplay went to Omagh, by Peter Travis, based on the 1998 bombing of a town of Omagh in Northern Ireland.

The British-Irish film follows the story of one family whose lives were torn apart by the death of a son in the bombing, which killed 29 people.

Backed by Channel 4 and Ireland's RTE, it is written by Paul Greengrass and Guy Hibbert.

Best director was won by China's Xi Jinglei for Letter From An Unknown Woman, about a man in the late 1940s who learns he has a child from a romance with a woman he does not remember.

The San Sebastian festival ended on Saturday after nine days of films, which included the world premiere of Woody Allen's new film Melinda and Melinda.

Allen, Jeff Bridges and Annette Bening were also given lifetime achievement awards.


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