The ‘A' List

Spain's top film festival winners

The Turkish film “Pandora's Box,” directed by Yesim Ustaoglu, won top prize at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival, the organization said Saturday.

American Melissa Leo won one of two best actress awards for her part in “Frozen River.”

The other went to French actress Tsilla Chelton for her role as Nusret in the winning film, which is called “Pandoranin Kutusu” in Turkish. “Pandora's Box” is a story of alienation and isolation in modern Turkey, a theme explored when Nusret's children discover she is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson was awarded the Fipresci prize – a subordinate category – for his film “There Will Be Blood.”

Nineteen films vied for San Sebastian awards at the 10-day festival held in the northern Basque coastal city facing the Bay of Biscay.

Actress Meryl Streep and actor Antonio Banderas were honored on Friday with the Donostia Prize for a lifetime's work.

Donostia is San Sebastian's name in the locally spoken Basque language. This year was the 56th edition of Spain's top film festival.

Associated Press

Busta Rhymes does London charity concert

Rapper Busta Rhymes has performed at a charity concert after overcoming his problems with British immigration.

Rhymes – whose real name is Trevor George Smith Jr. – performed at London's Royal Albert Hall Friday night after winning a court order allowing him to stay in the country.

High Court judge Nicholas Stadlen gave the go-ahead, saying he did not want to disappoint 4,000 young people who won their tickets by performing community work.

Immigration officials stopped Rhymes on Thursday at London City Airport, with his promoters saying they cited previous legal trouble in the United States. In March a New York judge sentenced Rhymes to three years' probation for assaulting his former driver and a fan.

Associated Press


Actress Brigitte Bardot, 74. Singer Ben E. King, 70. Rock musician George Lynch, 54. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo, 44. Actress Mira Sorvino, 41. TV personality Moon Zappa, 41. Actress Naomi Watts, 40. Rapper Young Jeezy, 31. Actress Hilary Duff, 21.

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