HomePage May 2022

NSFC – The National Society of Film Critics (USA), voted Drive My Car Best Picture of 2021. See all votes.

Murat Özer, the prominent film critic and leading figure in Turkish film criticism, passed away, only 56 years old. He had started writing film critics in 1990, and had worked for many prestigious publications as reviewer and editor. More

“Stay safe and pray for Ukraine”
Ukrainian Letters
In this time of human catastrophes our thoughts and feelings are with our Ukrainian friends and colleagues and their families. The Board of FIPRESCI, filled with consternation, outlines reactions. Among them an appeal of our Ukrainian filmcritic colleagues, and a statement from Belorusian filmmakers. Click here.

goEast. Two FIPRESCI awards have been presented in Wiesbaden. The feature competition winner, Pilgrims by Laurynas Bareišacomes, comes from Lithuania. The winner in documentary section is from Ukraine: Boney Piles by Taras Tomenko.


Istanbul. At the 41st International Istanbul Film Festival, our jury presented three FIPRESCI Prizes (international, national, short competitions). Read Hamed Soleimanzadeh’s impressions on Gaspar Noé’s winning film, Vortex, here.

Nyon. At 53rd Visions du Réel (Switzerland), the FIPRESCI jury awarded Steel Life by Manuel Bauer “for the original and masterfully crafted cinematic depiction of contemporary Peru within a subtle and thought-provoking critique of the social injustices of the capitalist system”.

Zagreb. Our member Pierre-Simon Gutman shares his observations on ZagrebDox, where the Swiss-Austrian co-production The Bubble has been awarded for being “intimate and socio-political, humane and humorous, serious and ironic”.

Brussels. The 2022 edition of the Brussels International Film Festival (end of June) will host the FIPRESCI Prize for the first time. BRIFF is the only festival in Belgium with this prize that reflects the critics’ view on the program. It’s a prize for a first film, shown cross sections, in one of the three competitions. More