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New Board
At the annual meeting
of FIPRESCI (at the Bari
International Film Festival,
Italy) a new board
has been elected:
Alin Tasciyan (Turkey)
Dana Linssen (Netherlands), György Kárpáti (Hungary).
The former president Jean Roy has been appointed Honorary President.
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Tallinn. Five young critics
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the festival, to particpate in a workshop and to write
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Latest Critics' Prizes

Toulouse. In Toulouse the FIPRESCI Prize went to Big House (Casa Grande) by Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil, 2014), presented in the fiction competition. More arrow.

Thessaloniki Doc. This year in Greece the prize for an international film was presented to the French film On the Edge of the World (Au bord du monde) by Claus Drexel, screened in the section Habitat. The FIPRESCI prize for a Greek film was presented to Kalávryta — People and Shadows by Elias Giannakakis, in the section Recordings of Memory. More arrow.

Cartagena. A masterclass in cinematic storytelling, the film focuses on a deeply anguished and vulnerable character, who yet finds the strength in himself to fight the evil threatening his family, even if it means becoming evil himself. The FIPRESCI prize in Columbia went to Alejandro Fernandez Almendras' To Kill a Man. More arrow.

Songs of Rice.Sofia. In Bulgaria the FIPRESCI jury awarded Blind Dates (Brma Paemnebi) by Levan Koguashvili (Georgia, 2013) More arrow.

Rotterdam. The Songs Of Rice by Thai filmmaker Uruphong Raksasad, was the winner of the Critics' Prize at this festival dedicated to worldwide independent cinema. The jury stated: "Fully relying on its strong cinematography, it creates an immersive sensory experience that makes us part of a vivid community revolving around the cultivation of a tiny grain." More arrow.

Gothenburg. This Swedish festival, in its 37th edition, offers (as the festival of Rotterdam) an attractive overview on international independent movies, and presents in particular a Nordic Focus, a chance to get acquainted with most recent Nordic films. Winner of the Critics' Prize is Icelandic Benedikt Erlingsson's debut Of Horses and Men, which already had been shown also at the Tallinn Festival end of the year. More arrow.

"Ida" by Pawel Pawlikowski

Tromsö. At one of the northernmost film festivals, in the Norwegian city of Tromsö, the film Ida by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski got the recognition of the critics and won the FIPRESCI Prize. More arrow.

Kerala. "The press seems to be against us this year" remarked Bina Paul, artistic director of the 18th Festival of Kerala. It would, however, be easy to counter that this most cine-literate of Indian Film Festivals, held in Thiruvanathapuram (formerly the easier to pronounce Trivandrum) offers work of a higher standard than that of those who criticize it.  It also has the benefit of the most enthusiastic audiences in India. More arrow.

Havana. At 35th International Festival of the New Latinoamerican Cinema in Cuba the FIPRESCI award went to The Militant (El Lugar del Hijo) by Manuel Nieto Zas (Uruguay, Argentina, 2013). More arrow.

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Giovanni Scognamillo


Giovanni Scognamillo.

FIPRESCI dedicated an honourary plate to the esteemed Turkish film historian Giovanni Scognamillo on his 85th birthday. The plate was presented to Mr. Scognamillo by Alin Tasciyan at the closing ceremony of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival on April 19th. The audience cordially gave a standing ovation to the maestro who has written 59 books, mostly concerning cinema. Mr. Scognamillo, a member of the ancient Italian community of Istanbul, is well known for his passion for fantasy cinema, especially for vampire films. He has become a cult figure for the younger generation of cinephiles. He continues to write, teach at the Bahcesehir University and paint despite his health problems. 


FIPRESCI in Cannes


At the forthcoming Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25, 2014), a jury composed of film critics will present the FIPRESCI Prize to a film each in the International Competition, in the section "Un certain regard" and in the parallel sections of "Directors' Fortnight" and "Critics' Week".

Juy members are: Esin Kücüktepepinar, Turkey; Jean-Michel Frodon, France; Pierre Pageau, Canada; Paola Casella, Italy; Tereza Brdečková, Czech Republic; Olivier Pélisson, France; Alissa Simon, USA; Richard Mowe, UK; and Frédéric Jaeger, Germany. Coordination:  Pamela Biénzobas.

The award ceremony is planned for Friday, May 23, late afternoon, details to be announced.





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