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Third Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Year
Dayereh (The Circle) by Jafar Panahi

Malcolm, Panahi. Jafar Panahi receiving our Grand prix from Derek Malcolm at the opening gala of the San Sebastian film festival (September 2001)

This award was presented to the Iranian director at the opening gala of the San Sebastian International Film Festival. In 1999, the San Sebastian Festival and FIPRESCI decided to create a joint award aimed at promoting and stimulating daring, original and personal filmmaking. It is freely conferred by the International Critics who have chosen a film among all those released between August 2000 and July 2001. This year, 156 Federation members from 34 countries have taken part in a tough vote.

European Film Award of the Critics
Robert Guédiguian (La Ville est tranquille)

This award was presented to the French director at the European Awards ceremony on December 1st, 2001. A jury of FIPRESCI has selected "La ville est tranquille" (The Town Is Quiet) as best European Film of 2000/2001. The Critic's Award is part of the European Film Awards.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ex-aequo
Amores Perros (Love’s a Bitch) by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
"for its original and audacious portrayal of love and violence in contemporary urban society"
Seitseman Laulua Trundalta (Seven Songs from the Tundra) by Anastasia Lapsui and Marku Lehmuskallio
appreciated "not only an extraordinary labour of love, but one of the rare occasions when the story, the emotions, the message and the reality portrayed are totally in step with the film-making itself"
These awards were given on the occasion of the Palm Springs film festival (January 11-22, 2001), among the films submitted to the Academy for the best non English language film of the year, by a jury composed of Derek Malcolm (UK, president), Gideon Bachmann (USA/Germany), György Báron (Hungary), Luc Chaput (Canada), Leonardo Garcia Tsao (Mexico).

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