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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.

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Ibero-American Critic's Award


Fénix Ibero-American Critic's Award 2014:
FIPRESCI and Cinema 23 to Award
José Carlos Avellar for His Critical Work

Jose Carlos Avellar.

In the first edition of the Fénix Awards the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, has decided to bestow the Ibero-American Critic's Award to Brazilian film critic José Carlos Avellar.
    An admired and appreciated writer, critic, teacher and programmer, Avellar worked for over twenty year's for the newspaper Jornal do Brasil, and has published six books on Brazilian and Latin-American cinema. The former vice-president of FIPRESCI is also Berlinale's delegate in Brazil. More information and examples of his work can be found in his website
    FIPRESCI has teamed up with Cinema 23 ( in its effort to promote Ibero-American cinema, and will acknowledge the contribution to film criticism in the region through the Ibero-American Critic's Award every year within the Fénix Awards ( The first edition will take place on Thursday, October the 30th, in Mexico City. The ceremony will be broadcasted live (at 8:30 PM local time) by E! Entertainment Television in Latin America, by Cinelatino in the United States, and by Canal 52 in Mexico.


European Discovery 2014


Five Debut Films Nominated
for European Discovery 2014

The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 — Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.
    This year's nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Ilann Girard (France) and Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), EFA Members Paul Negoescu (Romania) and José Luis Cienfuegos (Spain), as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), Marco Spagnoli (Italy) and Neil Young (UK) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Nominated are:
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Spain, DIRECTED BY: Carlos Marques-Marcet, WRITTEN BY: Carlos Marques-Marcet & Clara Roquet, PRODUCED BY: Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Jana Díaz Juhl, Danielle Schleif & Pau Brunet
UK, DIRECTED BY: Yann Demange, WRITTEN BY: Gregory Burke, PRODUCED BY: Angus Lamont
France, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis, PRODUCED BY: Marie Masmonteil & Denis Carot
Ukraine, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, PRODUCED BY: Valentyn Vasyanovych & Iya Myslytska
Spain, DIRECTED BY: Fernando Franco, WRITTEN BY: Fernando Franco & Enric Rufas, PRODUCED BY: Koldo Zuazua
    The nominated films will soon be submitted to the more than 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Discovery 2014 — Prix FIPRESCI will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December — streamed live on





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