69th Cannes Film Festival

69th Cannes Film Festival, France (May 11 - May 22, 2016)

Alin Tasciyan, Thierry FrémauxFIPRESCI Honors Thierry Frémaux
During the award ceremony of the Cannes FIPRESCI prizes in the Ambassadeur salon on Saturday, May 21st, Alin Tasciyan, president of FIPRESCI, presented to Thierry Frémaux, the General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, a special award to thank him and the Festival for 70 years of hospitality and cooperation, from 1946 to nowadays. The plate was engraved with the wording: "For keeping cinema in our memories as the art of our times". Thierry Frémaux said that this first prize of the evening he would like very much.

Festival de Cannes’ 69th edition ran from 11 to 22 May, once again setting the standard for the art of cinema by the quality of its selections, as well as hosting the largest film market in the world.

FIPRESCI has had a notable presence at the festival since the beginning. Farrebique, a film submitted by critics to the first edition in 1946 and which shared the first International Critic’s Prize with Brief Encounter by David Lean, was screened in this year’s Cannes Classics section. Upon the occasion of the 70th anniversary of this fecund collaboration, an honorary plaque was presented to Mr. Thierry Fremaux, the General Delegate of Festival de Cannes for his contribution to the art of cinema during the award ceremony shared by FIPRESCI and the Ecumenical Jury.

The 69th edition opened with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society on 11 May.  Festival de Cannes did not have a special closing film this year, instead, the winner of the Golden Palm Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Black was shown following the award ceremony on Sunday 22th May. The Competition jury was presided over by George Miller, who won the Grand Prix of FIPRESCI with Mad Max Fury Road. He was joined by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, another of last year’s FIPRESCI award winners.

Twenty-one films competed for the Palme D’Or, while eighteen were screened in Un Certain Regard. High-profile directors, some of whom had already won the Palme D’Or and/or Grand Prix du Jury, such as Ken Loach, Dardenne Brothers, Bruno Dumont, Cristian Mungiu, Jim Jarmusch, Asghar Farhadi, Park Chan Wook and Brillante Mendoza premiered their new films in the main Competition.

Only three woman directors, Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Andrea Arnold (American Honey) and Nicole Garcia (From the Land of the Moon) were selected for the competition. Jodie Foster’s Money Monster was shown out of competition. Women directors remained a small minority considering all the sections of the Festival de Cannes, including the new projects submitted to the Marche du Film.

55th La Semaine de la Critique traditionally selected only seven first or second promising features for the competition. 2010 FIPRESCI winner Oliver Laxe (Todos Vos Sodes Capitans) received the Nespresso Grand Prize for Mimosas.

Eighteen titles selected for the 48th Quinzaine des Realisateurs also included films by high-profile directors like Marco Bellocchio (Sweet Dreams), Alejandro Jodorowsky (Endless Poetry), Paul Schrader (Dog Eat Dog), Pablo Larrain (Neruda), Joachim Lafosse (After Love), Laura Poitras (Risk) and Solveig Anspach (The Together Project) - who won the main prize of the section, posthumously.

69th Festival de Cannes was generally appreciated by the critics for the high level of its program, especially the line up for the Golden Palm. (Alin Tasciyan, edited by Rita Di Santo)

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FIPRESCI PRIZE

Toni Erdmann Toni Erdmann Toni Erdmann

by Maren Ade  

(Germany, 2016, 162 mins) Jury: Alin Tasciyan (Turkey) , Pamela Biénzobas (Chile) , Tereza Brdecková (Czech Republic) , Michael Kienzl (Germany) , Noémie Luciani (France) , Bujor-Ion Ripeanu (Romania) , Rita di Santo ( UK ) , Vecdi Sayar (Turkey) , Leo Soesanto (France)
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COMPETITION

Motivation (Cannes 2016, Competition): "A film gorgeously crafted, made with a fresh and a sensitive approach, that captures the complex relationship between father and daughter and comments on the lunacy of today’s world."

Dogs Caini Dogs
(France, Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar, 2016, 104 mins)
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UN CERTAIN REGARD

Motivation (Cannes 2016, Un certain regard): "A promising first feature that skillfully mixes crime and western genres, giving us insight into conflicts of contemporary Romania."

Grave Raw Grave
(France, Belgium, 2016, 95 mins)
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CRITICS WEEK

Motivation (Cannes, 2016, Critics Week": "An impressive debut with a strong visual language. The director tells a dark coming of age story and uses themes from horror movies to express the solitude and sexual awakening of a troubled teenage girl."

Of Dogs and Men

by Alin Tasciyan

What would one do with an unkempt house in the middle ... read more

If You Do It Well, I'll Do It Better

by Pamela Biénzobas

You are here to guide us, Shakib. You have no knowledg... read more

Food for Thought

by Leo Soesanto

Cannibalism in Cannes Film Festival (aka "Cannes-ibali... read more

A Gruesome Sexual Awakening

by Michael Kienzl

Horror cinema doesn't have the best reputation. People... read more

Brazil’s Sweet Sixty

by Noémie Luciani

Amongst the 21 movies of this year’s Competition, almo... read more

No Palm for "Paterson"

by Tereza Brdecková

Paterson by Jim Jarmusch didn’t receive any prizes at ... read more

"Are you happy?" asks Toni Erdmann

by Vecdi Sayar

Among the best films of the 69th Cannes Festival, a ne... read more

After Graduation

by Bujor-Ion Ripeanu

More than the surprise of the Palme d’Or won in 1957 b... read more

A Gentle Revolutionary Filmmaking

by Rita di Santo

Ken Loach returns to Cannes with I, Daniel Blake, a dr... read more