29th Palm Springs International Film Festival
USA, January 2 - January 15 2018
Amber Wilkinson (UK), Marco Lombardi (Italy), Nathan Lee (USA)
(Senegal/ France/ Germany/ Belgium/ Lebanon, 2017, 123 mins)
Palm Springs 2018
At the 29th Palm Springs International Film Festival we presented the “International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2017).” Contenders for this special prize were the films submitted to the Non-English language section of the Academy Awards.
The Palm Springs Film Festival is known for its beautiful weather, red carpet glamour, enthusiastic crowds and – most importantly – its well-curated programme, overseen by Artistic Director Michael Lerman.It kicks off the road to the Oscars, handing out a clutch of honorary awards, with recipients this year including Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman and Mary J. Blige and with gala screenings including “The Post”. As well as the high-profile names on its red carpets, the festival also shines a spotlight on international cinema, offering a wide selection of 45 films from the Academy Award’s foreign language submissions.
It was this Awards Buzz section that was watched by the FIPRESCI jury, who award three prizes. The Best Foreign Language Film of the year award went to Alain Gomis’s “Félicité”, from Senegal. The Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film award was given to Daniela Vega for Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman”, from Chile, and the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film award was won by Nakhane Touré for South African film “The Wound”, directed by John Trengove. (Amber Wilkinson).