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At the annual meeting
of FIPRESCI (at the Bari
International Film Festival,
Italy) a new board
of FIPREESCI
has been elected:
President:
Alin Tasciyan (Turkey)
Vice-Presidents:
Dana Linssen (Netherlands), György Kárpáti (Hungary).
The former president Jean Roy has been appointed Honorary President.

The Discovery Award / Prix
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German film Oh Boy,
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Tallinn. Five young critics
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daily texts.
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"Tallinnts" of movies and
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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.

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"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.

Horse with Man.Tallinn. A film about horses and men has been the discovery of the festival: Icelandic Benedikt Erlingsson's debut Of Horses and Men (produced by the country's most known filmmaker, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson). "If you like horses, see it", writes Klaus Eder in his review. "If you don't like horses, still see it." After Tallinn, the film won also the FIPRESCI Prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival in January. Read about Tallinn arrow.

Taipei. At the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013 in Taiwan our jury awarded Rigor Mortis by Juno Mak (Hong Kong, 2013) with the FIPRESCI Prize. More arrow.

Torino. The Torino Film Festival celebrated 31 years and record ticket sales in 2013. New Director Paolo Verde, a magnanimous and passionate man, appears to have revived international and local interest in grand style. The FIPRESCI Prize wen to the Canadian The Dismantlement (Le Démantèlement) directed by Sébastien Pilote. More arrow.

Mar del Plata. Although the festival keeps its international profile in the main competition in Mar del Plata and also offers retrospectives of important directors its more and more specialized in films from Latin American. Not only because of the Latin American and Argentinean competitions but because of the presence of regional films all along the lineup, including 18 old Argentinian films restored. This year the FIPRESCI prize went to Mexican Penumbra directed by Eduardo Villanueva. More arrow.

Stockholm and Gijón. At the traditional Swedish film festival in Stockholm our jury awarded the FIPRESCI Prize to Nebraska by Alexander Payne (USA 2013). In Gijón the FIPRESCI prize went to Henri directed by Yolande Moreau (France, Begium, 2013). More on Stockholm and more on Gijón.

Thessaloniki and Sevilla. At the Mediterranean region in Thessaloniki Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) by Mariana Rondon won the FIPRESCI prize in the international competition and the FIPRESCI Prize in the Greek Competition went to The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (I eonia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva) by Elina Psykou. In Sevilla the festival hosted our FIPRESCI jury for the first time. Our jury awarded the Spanish The Sad Smell of Flash by Cristóbal Arteaga.

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Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais. "The director of films which dealt with Hiroshima, Nazi concentration camps, colonialism, torture in Algeria, the Spanish civil war and 1930s French politics has turned more and more towards love and death, romance, humor, and the comedy of manners." French critic Michel Ciment writes this about Resnais' last film Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter), shown at Berlinale and awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. Renais died two weeks after his Berlinale triumph, on March 1, at 91.
   FIPRESCI Prize, Panorama: The Way He Looks (Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho) by Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil). Prize, Forum: Forma by Ayumi Sakamoto (Japan).
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FilmNewEurope together with FIPRESCI offered ratings of feature-length films in all sections of the official Berlin International Film Festival program, submitted by international critics attending. Best film, according to critics: Richard Linklater's Boyhood. See the results.

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Berlinale Talents, Goethe Institut and FIPRESCI organized the "Talent Press", an initiative within the Berlinale Talents. Supported by renowned film-journalists, eight young critics reüorted daily on the festival, its films and events. Read the texts arrow.

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FIPRESCI's Best of 2013

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"The Broken Circle Breakdown" (photo) has been selected FIPRESCI's Best Foreign Language Film of 2013. Belgium filmmaker Felix Van Groeningen's movie won the critics' appreciation at the occasion of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA, January 3-13, 2014 — a few days before the Hollywood Academy announced that the film will be one of the five nominees for the Foreign Language Academy Award).
Best actor, among the foreign language films submitted to the Academy and shown in Palm Springs: Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt (Jagten) directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Best actress: Bérénice Bejo in The Past (Le Passé) directed by Asghar Farhadi. More arrow.

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