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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

The General Assembly of FIPRESCI took place in the Hungarian city of Miskolc, hosted by the Cinefest Film Festival, on Friday, September 8, 2023. Ahmed Shawky (Egypt) was unanimously elected FIPRESCI’s new president. Paola Casella (Italy) and Elena Rubashevska (Ukraine) were unanimously elected vice-presidents. They will stay in office for two years. Klaus Eder (Germany) stays general secretary, Alin Tasciyan (Turkey) was confirmed as his deputy. Former president Isabelle Danel, France was elected honorary president of the Federation.

The International Federation of Film Critics presented two Awards at the Venice International Film Festival: one for a feature-length film in the Competition section and another in the side sections of Horizons and Critics’ Week: Evil Does Not Exist by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and An Endless Sunday by Alain Parroni. Reports will follow here

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada. The FIPRESCI Prize, dedicated to emerging filmmakers, was given to the Canadian production Seagrass by Meredith Hama-Brown. More


A Sword of Damocles on Iranian Filmmakers. Shahla Nahid reports here

Armenian Cinema. Its 100th anniversary will be commemorated in a conference. Call for papers. More

Milcho Manchevski, the Macedonian filmmaker, suffers from political persecution, as a prominent whistleblower who has reported corruption at the highest levels of government. The Venice Festival expressed its support for Manchevski. More