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Critics' Jury in Cannes

Cannes, May 2024. This year’s Critics’ Jury has been invited to the Red Carpet, at the occasion of Karim Aïnouz’ Film Motel Destino in competition. The jury presented three prizes: to a film in (or out of) competition; to a film in the “Un Certain Regard” section; and to a film in the parallel sections of “Directors Fortnight” or “Critics Week”. The Brazilian critic Marcelo Janot headed the jury as its president. Members: Barbara Gasser (Austria), Chih-Yuan Liang (France), Laura Pertuy, (France), Max Oliver Borg (Switzerland), Sadia Khalid (Bangladesh), Patrick Fey (Germany), Hossein Eidizadeh (Iran), Han Tien (Taiwan).

Mohammad Rasoulof, the Iranian filmmaker, had recently been sentenced to eight years in prison. For details see here . He managed to flee his country. He came to Cannes, to present his new film The Seed of the Sacred Fig (photo Courtesy Films Boutique). The critics in our jury liked it so much that they awarded it the FIPRESCI Prize Cannes 2024 (it’s the third time that Rasoulof wins our prize). More about our work in Cannes can be clicked here.

Juliette Binoche, the French actress, has been elected president of the European Film Academy. She takes over from Agnieszka Holland who steps down to dedicate time to new films.


Malgorzata Szumowska

Malgorzata Szumowska (photo), the Polish filmmaker, has been honored: At the occasion of the Sofia International Film Festival the FIRESCI Platinum Award has been presented to her. In her portrait of the filmmaker, Savina Petkova writes: “In the last decade or so, Małgorzata Szumowska has proven herself as one of European cinema’s most pronounced names. She is one of the examples of how national cinema can become a vital part of world cinema and its transnational canon.” More See also the partial record of her Sofia Masterclass.