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Grand Prix — Best Film of the Year

Pierce Brosnan.Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is Best Film of the Year, according to the members of the International Federation of Film Critics — FIPRESCI who voted for the Grand Prix 2010. The 296 film critics from throughout the world that took part in the poll expressed their preference among the feature-length films premièred during the previous year (after July 1, 2009), according this distinct sign of critical acclaim to The Ghost Writer. Leading actress Olivia Williams will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2010 on behalf of the film's team on Friday, September 17th, at the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian International Film Festival (www.sansebastianfestival.com), which hosts this special prize since its creation in 1999. Previous recipients of the Grand Prix, which distinguishes a film’s overall artistic quality, have been: Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother, 1999, and Volver, 2006), Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, 2000 and There Will Be Blood, 2008), Jafar Panahi (The Circle, 2001), Aki Kaurismäki (The Man Without a Past, 2002), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Uzak, 2003), Jean-Luc Godard (Notre musique, 2004), Kim Ki-Duk (Iron 3, 2005), Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, 2007) and Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon).

Latin American Lifetime Achievement Award

Tarpero, Gusman.FIPRESCI awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award (Latin America) to Pablo Trapero and Martina Gusman, at the occasion of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, beginning of October, 2010. "Since the beginning of his career and, later, when he started working with Martina Gusman, Trapero showed a particular talent for making personal films, filled with his own themes and obsessions, that also had commercial appeal," writes Argentinean critic Diego Lerer. "Trapero was a big part of the seismic generation change that took place in Argentine Cinema during the second part of the 90's... Pablo Trapero and Martina Gusman are one of the biggest creative forces of the last decade in Argentine cinema and will doubtless be a great inspiration for future generations of Latin American directors and producers." Read Diego Lerer's appreciation arrow.

European Discovery — Prix FIPRESCI

LebanonThe Discovery Award — Prix FIPRESCI, presented to a young and upcoming director for his first full-length feature film, went to the Israeli film Lebanon written and directed by Samuel Maoz. The prize was presented to him at the European Film Awards Ceremony on December 4, 2010, in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. Turkish critic Alin Tasciyan who has been member of the committee selecting the nominees, writes about the situation of young cinema in Europe arrow.

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