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Land of Silence.
"The Land of Silence"

Venice. It is the last of the three major European festivals after Berlin in February, and Cannes in May. It has the reputation of fostering artistic rather than commercial films but still attracts well-known stars and directors from all over the world. For the past three years it has been directed by Alberto Barbera, who returned to Venice in 2012 after a ten-year absence. More arrow.

Montreal. In a very quebecois spirit of resistance, the Festival des Films du Monde stood up proudly in a difficult context which was worth a screenplay itself with twists and suspense: main public sponsors cutting back their sponsorship, strained relationship with the French-Canadian film industry and some existential crisis about the very essence of the event. More arrow.

From What is Before.
"From What Is Before"

Locarno. Filipino director Lav Diaz is the winner of this edition of the Locarno Festival. His film From What is Before got the Golden Leopard and the FIPRESCI Prize. The critics appreciated it "for its outstanding cinematographic achievement in story-telling and its very impressive visual and narrative style that is unique and exceptional in terms of world cinematography and is linked with a profound political awareness of the country's history and with a deeply philosophical contemplation on time and space". More arrow.

Wroclaw. The festival presented a selection of young and unconventional filmmaking. Our jury of critics was impressed by the debut of Argentinean filmmaker Benjamin Naishtat, and appreciated his film History of Fear for its originality while handling a familiar subject. Naishtat tells a story from the suburbs of a Latin American metropole. Engin Ertan reviews the film. More arrow.

Force Majeure.
Motovun: "Force Majeure"

Motovun. This year the mountain of films presents itself in top form. Blue skies, green forest and an enthusiastic crowd willing to watch films all day at a temperature of 35 degrees. The Motovun Film Festival celebrates 16 years of existence this year and seems to be grown up already. More arrow.

Yerevan. The "Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival" has become the center for films of the region, and the showcase for new Armenian cinema. The critics jury presented the FIPRESCI Award to a Ukrainian first feature film, "The Tribe". Morearrow.

Jerusalem. A few days before the festival started the conflict between Israel and the Hammas escalated. Although some guests cancelled their visit and the open air festival opening had to be cancelled, most of the guests did arrive and the festival went on more or less as programmed. It must however be admitted, these were strange days to enter a cinema theater and watch art-films. More arrow.

Yes and Yes.
Moscow: "Yes and Yes"
No Fish Where To Go.
"No Fish Where To Go"

Karlovy Vary. This festival in Czech Republic works as a wonderful bridge between East and West. Its skilful and knowledgeable programming and its relaxed and creative atmosphere attract not only film people from all over the world, but also a young anthusiastic public from all over the country. More arrow.

Moscow. The Moscow International Film Festival remains Russia's main cinematic event. Its only 'A' category film festival, and among the oldest in the world (its first, irregular, edition was held in 1935 and the Jury was headed by Sergei Eisenstein). This year's discovery: the "enfant terrible" of young Russian cinema, Valeriya Gay Germanika, and her very controversial second feature Yes and Yes (Da I Da), the movie which won this year's FIPRESCI award. More arrow.

Annecy. The charming capital of the French region Haute Savoie struggled with an extremely hot summer. The Animated Film Festival offered exciting films by old masters and young talents. Second year under the head of director Marcel Jean, the festival focused on stop motion animated films, demonstrating that this technique still has much potential for a contemporary kind of cinema. More arrow.

Festroia. Festroia presented 188 films from over 40 countries, which were screened at the Fórum Luísa Todi, the Auditório Municipal Charlot and the Auditório José Afonso. The FIPRESCI prize went to Heart of a Lion by Dome Karukoski (Finland, 2013), featured in the Official Section. More arrow.

Istanbul Documentartist. For seven years now, Documentarist — Istanbul Documentary Days has been offering the public of the lively and cinephile metropolis a specialized program of national and international recent production, as well as retrospectives. More arrow.

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Grand Prix to Linklater


Richard Linklater's Boyhood to receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2014 — Best Film of the Year.


Richard Linklater's 12­year project Boyhood was chosen the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. The poll for the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2014 — Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world. In a first phase, participants nominated any feature­length films that had had their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood, by Richard Linklater, Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson, and Kış Uykusu (Winter Sleep) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Boyhood arrived in a comfortable first place.
This is the first time a film by Richard Linklater receives FIPRESCI's Grand Prix, which has already gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Friday 19, where the FIPRESCI Grand Prix has been presented from the start.
Boyhood follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from ages 6 to 18, accompanying his personal and family conflicts and everyday questions as he grows up. With a faithful cast and crew, the film was shot over a period of twelve years, thus allowing the characters and also the actors, especially young lead Coltrane, to evolve before the spectator's gaze during 165 minutes. Mason's family is interpreted by a deeply touching Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as the annoying older sister.


Venice 2014


FilmNewEurope together with FIPRESCI have invited FIPRESCI critics in Venice to rate the feature films in the official program of 71st Venice Film Festival (2014) giving the films 1,2,3,4 or 5 stars. The ratings give an overview of the critics' opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the program. Click here to see how the critics rated the official 71st Venice Film Festival program so far. We will update the ratings each day until the end of the festival. The table arrow





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