NSFC – The National Society of Film Critics (USA), which is made up of 59 of the country’s most prominent movie critics, held its 56th annual awards voting meeting online using a weighted ballot system. Drive My Car voted Best Picture of the Year 2021. See all votes in Best Picture and other categories for outstanding film achievement.
At Berlinale, twelve FIPRESCI members will give out four prizes:
– to a film in the international competition;
– to a film in the Panorama section;
– to a film in the International Forum of New Cinema;
– to a film in the competition of “Encounters”.
The festival will kick off on February 10. See the whole program here.
The European Discovery Award – Prix FIPRESCI 2021 went to the UK/US film Promising Young Woman, written & directed by British filmmaker Emerald Fennell. The members of the European Film Academy had voted her movie as the best European debut of the year. The prize was presented at the (online) European Film Awards ceremony on December 11 in Berlin. Read Marta Balaga’s and Frédéric Ponsard’s reviews.
Dimitris Charitos, veteran Greek film critic and poet, died on January 7, of heart failure, in Athens. He was 92. His funeral will be held in Athens on January 10. More
Despite the offline edition of the Palm Springs Festival had been canceled, the FIPRESCI jury watched films online and presented four awards in the following categories: Best International Feature Film (Prayers for the Stolen), Best Screenplay in an International Film (A Hero), Best Actor and Best Actress in an International Film (A Hero and Titane respectively). Read Adriana Fernández’s report about her online experience here.