Istanbul. The 2020 edition of the Istanbul International Film Festival has been divided in a national and an international part. At the national part, July 18-28, the critics prize went to You Know Him by Turkish filmmaker, writer, actor Ercan Kesal. The jury justified: “In a simple but effective way, the film portrays the mainstream political scene, explaining how fragile the power is and how much it depends on traditional, religious networks and money. The film points out the class inequalities with powerful artistic way of expression.” More
Sofia 2020. The Sofia Film Festival went online. So did our jury. The jurors awarded the Critics’ Prize to the Hungarian Film Those Who Remained by Barnabás Tóth. “The concentration camp survivor Aldo and the orphaned Clara form an unusual bond through which they both fill the human absences in their lives” writes Rosen Spassov. “The characters of the film are situated between the two major totalitarian regimes in 20th century Europe – they have just survived the Holocaust and the shadow of Soviet communism is upon them.” More
The FIPRESCI Grand Prix will exceptionally not be awarded in 2020, as the current circumstances (premieres halted, festivals cancelled and movie theatres closed for months) would make it impossible for it to maintain the wide-reaching, inclusive nature that defines it.
Talent Press. The call for Berlinale Talents 2021 (February 13–18) is open. Talent Press is aimed at emerging film critics and journalists who are curious about world and arthouse cinema and professionally contribute reviews, essays or interviews to film-related print or online publications. Talent Press invites eight film critics and journalists. See the call
Ronald Bergan, the British writer and film critic (The Guardian), passed away, 82 years old. Read Derek Malcolm’s obituary.
Perm. The International Documentary Film Festival in the Russian City at the foot of the Urals, named after the legendary American pioneer of documentary film making, Robert Flaherty (“Flahertiana”), moved to December 11 – 17, 2020. www.flahertiana.ru
Alan Parker, the British filmmaker, died at the age of 76. His films included Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone, Mississippi Burning. In 2015, he received the “FIPRESCI 90 Platinum Award”, at the occasion of FIPRESCI’s 90s anniversary.
Holidays. From July 27 our office will be closed, we hope to be on summer vacation. We’ll be back on Monday, August 31.