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Hiroshi Okuyama, 22, won the new director award at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival on Saturday, becoming the youngest recipient of the honor at the prestigious Spanish film festival.

“I’m really honored to be given such a famous award because I am unheard-of in Japan and the world. I’ll never forget the applause and cheers after the screening, for the rest of my life,” said Okuyama, who won the Kutxabank-New Directors Award for “Boku wa Iesu-sama ga Kirai,” his first feature-length film. The film’s English title is “Jesus.”

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