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Best Foreign Language Film of 2006: "Pan's Labyrinth"

Pan's Labyinth.At the occasion of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA, January 4-15, 2007), critics of FIPRESCI saw the films submitted to the Foreign Language Academy Award and presented the "International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2006)" to Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) by Guillermo Del Toro (Mexico, 2006). Best actor: Mads Mikkelsen in After the Wedding (Efter Brylluppet) by Susanne Bier (Denmark, 2006). Best actress: Blanca Lewin in In Bed (En la cama) by Matias Bize (Chile, 2006). Jury members were: Gregory Valens, (France, president), Dave Kehr (USA), Laszlo Kriston (Hungary), Howard Feinstein (USA), Norman Wilner (Canada).
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Pan's Labyrinth: Picturehouse, T + 212 649 4803, F +212 956 1942, vicky.eguia@picturehouse.com.
After the Wedding: IFC Films, T +646 273 7223, F +646 273 7250, pkindlon@ifcfilms.com.
In Bed: Intramovies, T +39 335 84 10149, F +39 06 807 6156, j.nuyts@intramovies.com
Festival: www.psfilmfest.org
Norman Wilner reviews Pan's Labyrinth arrow.

Best Latin American Film of 2006

Suely in the Sky. This special prize of FIPRESCI has been presented to Brazilian filmmaker Karim Ainouz and his film Suely in the Sky. Jury members were Mario Naito (Cuba), Jorge Jellinek (Uruguay), Jorge Morales (Chile), Marcelo Janot (Brazil) and Diego Lerer (Argentina). Karim Ainouz received the prize at the closing ceremony of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina. "Here we are facing a fiction that came to us almost as a documentary, opening our eyes to real people not yet translated in cinematographic clichés to an easy explanation of the drama they are living", writes Jose Carlos Avellar. Read his review arrow.


Grand Prix 2007 — Best Film of the Year

Award Ceremony.248 members of FIPRESCI, worldwide, voted for the Best Film of the Year and selected, with a clear preference, Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian filmmaker's 4 Month, 3 Weeks and 2 Days as winner. The Grand Prix has been presented to Cristian Mungiu during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian Film Festival, on September 20, 2007. The FIPRESCI Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Year, presented since 1999 at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and created to highlight the most daring, original and personal cinema, has formerly gone to some of the most groundbreaking moviemakers of the moment, such as Pedro Almodóvar, Kim Ki-Duk or Jean-Luc Godard. Pamela Biénzobas reviews Cristian Mungiu's film. Review arrow.


Lifetime Achievement Award 2007

Central Station.At the occasion of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, FIPRESCI presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Fernanda Montenegro, the Brazilian actress. She started her career in theater ("First Lady of Brazilian Theater"), and has successfully played in films by, among others, Arnaldo Jabor (Tudo Bem), Carlos Diegues (Veja Esta Cançao) and Walter Salles (Central do Brasil — Central Station, prize as Best Actress at Berlinale 1998). Her new film premiered at the Rio Festival: the Gabriel García Márquez adaption Love in the Time of Cholera (directed by Mike Newell). José Carlos Avellar pays tribute to Fernanda Montenegro: Thanks, Fernanda arrow.


European Film Awards of the Critics 2007 — Prix FIPRESCI

Coeurs.Coeurs (Private Fears in Public Places) by Alain Resnais received the "European Film Award of the Critics 2007— Prix FIPRESCI". Resnais "treats the characters the way an affectionate puppeteer would treat his creatures. He contemplates their comings and goings with the benevolence of one who knows that agitation is vain, but who prefers that people find it out for themselves," writes Christian Viviani in his review. The award honors one of the greatest directors of European cinema who has exerted a crucial influence on modern film. The award has been presented during the 20th  European Film Awards Ceremony on 1st of December, 2007, in Berlin, to Sabine Azéma and André Dussollier. Read Christian Vivivani on Coeurs arrow.

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