28th Palm Springs International Film Festival

28th Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA (January 2 - January 15, 2018)

Palm Springs 2018

At the 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival we presented the "International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2017)." Contenders for this special prize were the films submitted to the Non-English language section of the Academy Awards.

The Palm Springs Film Festival is known for its beautiful weather, red carpet glamour, enthusiastic crowds and - most importantly - its well-curated programme, overseen by Artistic Director Michael Lerman.It kicks off the road to the Oscars, handing out a clutch of honorary awards, with recipients this year including Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman and Mary J. Blige and with gala screenings including "The Post". As well as the high-profile names on its red carpets, the festival also shines a spotlight on international cinema, offering a wide selection of 45 films from the Academy Award's foreign language submissions.

It was this Awards Buzz section that was watched by the FIPRESCI jury, who award three prizes. The Best Foreign Language Film of the year award went to Alain Gomis's "Félicité", from Senegal. The Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film award was given to Daniela Vega for Sebastián Lelio's "A Fantastic Woman", from Chile, and the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film award was won by Nakhane Touré for South African film "The Wound", directed by John Trengove. (Amber Wilkinson).

Festival: www.psfilmfest.org

Daniela VegaNakhane Touré

FIPRESCI PRIZE

Félicité Félicité Félicité

by Alain Gomis  

(Senegal, France, Germany, Belgium, Lebanon, 2017, 123 mins) Jury: Amber Wilkinson (UK) , Marco Lombardi (Italy) , Nathan Lee (USA)


Palm Springs 2018: FIPRESCI's Best Foreign Language Film of the Year 2017. (Photo: Andolfi)

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Daniela Vega

by Nathan Lee

Nathan Lee reviews the Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman" with Daniela Vega, who was considered by our jury best actress in a foreign language movie submitted to the Oscars 2018. read more

Félicité

by Amber Wilkinson

Amber Wilkinson reviews Alain Gomis' "Félicité", the winner of the "International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2017)". read more

The Wound

by Marco Lombardi

Marco Lombardi reviews "The Wound",  with Nakhane Touré. "Universality is one of the biggest strengths of "The Wound": although the film  portrays a restricted geographical and cultural context, it actually narrates all the social struggles between the "old" and the "new", that is between traditions and modernity." read more