'Godland' wins in San Sebastián

AWARD. Hlynur Pálmason's historical drama 'Godland' took home the main prize in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera competition at San Sebastián Film Festival.

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera is described as the San Sebastian Film Festival’s most open competition, welcoming films of all styles, durations, genres and formats.

Here the main award went to Hlynur Pálmason's historical drama 'Godland', as the festival drew to a close with Saturday's awards ceremony.

The film takes place in the late 19th century, as a young Danish priest travels to a remote part of Iceland to build a church and photograph its people. But the deeper he goes into the unforgiving landscape, the more he strays from his purpose, mission and morality.

'Godland' world premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Festival and has since, in addition to San Sebastián, screened in Telluride and Toronto. Soon the film is off to competion sections at the festivals in London and Chicago, respectively.

Also, the film is nominated for the Nordic Council Film Prize, the winner being annouced on 1 November.

Producers are Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen and Mikkel Jersin of Snowglobe, in co-production with Anton Máni Svansson of Join Motion Pictures.