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Photo: Cannes Film Festival

Fallen Leaves, directed by Aki Kaurismäki, has won the FIPRESCI Grand Prix – Best Film of 2023. 669 critics from all over the world participated in the poll. The FIPRESCI Grand Prix was presented on September 22 at the opening gala of San Sebastian’s 71st Festival. More

FIPRESCI at Berlinale
Our film critics jury will award the best films in four sections. Hungarian critic György Báron will head the jury. Members: Ninos Mikelides (GR), Barbara Schweizerhof (D), Joyce Yang (Hong Kong), Barbara Lorey (F), Ron Fogel (Israel), Schayan Riaz (D), Sebastiaan Khouw (NL), Nicolás Medina (Uruguay), Nace Zavi (Slovenia), Darta Cerina (Latvia) and Deniz Sertkol (D).

Be invited to the Award Ceremony (which we do together with “Europa Cinemas”) on Friday, February 23, at 18 h (local time). The venue: “Deutsche Kinemathek”, Event Room, 4th floor, Filmhaus / Sony Center, Potsdamer Straße 2 (two min from the Berlinale Palast). Show your festival badge.

In Valladolid, the FIPRESCI jury distinguished Foremost by Night by Víctor Iriarte. Juros spoke on their decision: “This fiction debut feature tries to speak of the unspoken in a fresh and innovative film language, and yet in a deeply emotional way, by inviting to open a dialogue about sins of the past Spanish regime that will point towards a path of healing wounds. With an overwhelming poetic force and intuitive directing, it provocatively explores hurtful politics through a story of subtle interconnections between the protagonists…” More

Michel Ciment passed away, aged 85. Our French colleagues Isabelle Danel (here) and Grégory Valens (here) write about the exceptional and renown critic, our former president in FIPRESCI.

The National Society of Film Critics (US) has chosen “Past Lives” (directed by Celine Song) as Best Picture of 2023. See all votes in Best Picture and other categories for outstanding film achievement. More


Otar Iosseliani. Photo Courtesy Wikipedia.
Otar Iosseliani, 1934 – 2023
(Photo Courtesy Wikipedia – link)

Otar Iosseliani, one of the most significant figures in contemporary cinema, passed away on December 17. Born in Georgia, he initially made several great and successful films in his homeland before emigrating to France in the 80s, where he continued his work far from the Soviet Union, in a more liberated creative environment. Through his acclaimed and award-winning films, he left an indelible mark on an entire generation of film directors, showcasing an effortless narrative style and a unique cinematographic language. His films, directed in both Georgia and France, gained recognition at numerous prestigious film festivals (and won several FIPRESCI prizes). Notable among his works are Falling Leaves, Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird, Pastorale, Favourites of the Moon, Hunting Butterflies. Otar Iosseliani was 89 years old.
See Salome Kikaleishvili’s memory of Iosseliani, here.

Christoph Terhechte, our German colleague, has been confirmed as head of DOK Leipzig until 2028.