Belgian Critics Honor Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” won the Grand Prix of the “Belgian Film Press Union”. This has been announced at the occasion of the Union’s annual dinner on January 29, 2015. The prize, so the motivation, went to “a film in which its director once again blends pure slapstick comedy with the gently melancholic tone that made him famous. This is both the culmination of a cinematic process initiated in 1996, and a hilarious, poetic and subtly subversive picture, imbued with an irresistible madness, and that offers Ralph Fiennes his best role in years.”

“Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako received the Union’s “Prix Humanum”, “for its poetic grace, because it pays tribute to those who fight today against the most extreme folly, because it reinvents the everyday story, and manages nevertheless to enchant us. And finally, because the movie is in itself a cinematographic act of resistance”, as the association stated.
The Belgian Film Press Union (BFPU) is the Belgian representative of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). It has a hundred members, critics and journalists who have a close and professional relationship with cinema, and is chaired since 2012 by David Hainaut. (fipresci)