Latest Critics' Prizes
The Songs Of Rice by Thai filmmaker Uruphong Raksasad, was the winner of the Critics' Prize at this festival dedicated to worldwide independent cinema. The jury stated: "Fully relying on its strong cinematography, it creates an immersive sensory experience that makes us part of a vivid community revolving around the cultivation of a tiny grain." More
Gothenburg. This Swedish festival, in its 37th edition, offers (as the festival of Rotterdam) an attractive overview on international independent movies, and presents in particular a Nordic Focus, a chance to get acquainted with most recent Nordic films. Winner of the Critics' Prize is Icelandic Benedikt Erlingsson's debut Of Horses and Men, which already had been shown also at the Tallinn Festival end of the year. More
|"Ida" by Pawel Pawlikowski
Tromsö. At one of the northernmost film festivals, in the Norwegian city of Tromsö, the film Ida by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski got the recognition of the critics and won the FIPRESCI Prize. More
Kerala. "The press seems to be against us this year" remarked Bina Paul, artistic director of the 18th Festival of Kerala. It would, however, be easy to counter that this most cine-literate of Indian Film Festivals, held in Thiruvanathapuram (formerly the easier to pronounce Trivandrum) offers work of a higher standard than that of those who criticize it. It also has the benefit of the most enthusiastic audiences in India. More
Havana. At 35th International Festival of the New Latinoamerican Cinema in Cuba the FIPRESCI award went to The Militant (El Lugar del Hijo) by Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguay, Argentina, 2013). More
Tallinn. A film about horses and men has been the discovery of the festival: Icelandic Benedikt Erlingsson's debut Of Horses and Men (produced by the country's most known filmmaker, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson). "If you like horses, see it", writes Klaus Eder in his review. "If you don't like horses, still see it." After Tallinn, the film won also the FIPRESCI Prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival in January. Read about Tallinn
Taipei. At the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013 in Taiwan our jury awarded Rigor Mortis by Juno Mak (Hong Kong, 2013) with the FIPRESCI Prize. More
Torino. The Torino Film Festival celebrated 31 years and record ticket sales in 2013. New Director Paolo Verde, a magnanimous and passionate man, appears to have revived international and local interest in grand style. The FIPRESCI Prize wen to the Canadian The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) directed by Sébastien Pilote. More
Mar del Plata. Although the festival keeps its international profile in the main competition in Mar del Plata and also offers retrospectives of important directors its more and more specialized in films from Latin American. Not only because of the Latin American and Argentinean competitions but because of the presence of regional films all along the lineup, including 18 old Argentinian films restored. This year the FIPRESCI prize went to Mexican Penumbra directed by Eduardo Villanueva. More
Stockholm and Gijón. At the traditional Swedish film festival in Stockholm our jury awarded the FIPRESCI Prize to Nebraska by Alexander Payne (USA 2013). In Gijón the FIPRESCI prize went to Henri directed by Yolande Moreau (France, Begium, 2013). More on Stockholm and more on Gijón.
Thessaloniki and Sevilla. At the Mediterranean region in Thessaloniki Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) by Mariana Rondon won the FIPRESCI prize in the international competition and the FIPRESCI Prize in the Greek Competition went to The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (I eonia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva) by Elina Psykou. In Sevilla the festival hosted our FIPRESCI jury for the first time. Our jury awarded the Spanish The Sad Smell of Flash by Cristóbal Arteaga.