FIPRESCI names ‘The Tree of Life’ film of the year

Posted by · 10:38 am · August 19th, 2011

Well, did anyone expect otherwise? FIPRESCI, the international association of film critics that routinely hands out its own award at film festivals, has named Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” the winner of its annual Grand Prix award — for the film voted the year’s finest in a poll of their 200-plus membership. (Before anyone […]

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FIPRESCI names ‘Ghost Writer’ Film of the Year

Posted by · 6:20 am · September 20th, 2010

This news actually dropped a few weeks ago, but I neglected to mention it while I was distracted with Venice goings-on. Anyway, since the award was presented at the San Sebasti├ín Film Festival this past weekend, it seems appropriate to bring it up now. FIPRESCI, the international critics’ association, is best known for the independent […]

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Justice for ‘Lourdes’

Posted by · 7:10 pm · September 13th, 2009

As I wrote in my reflection on the Venice festival awards yesterday, the biggest surprise (and by no means a pleasant one) of the jury’s winners list was the complete lack of recognition for Jessica Hausner’s excellent, quietly subversive religious drama “Lourdes,” a favorite of critics and pundits alike. Happily, FIPRESCI is there to set […]

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FIPRESCI names ‘White Ribbon’ best film of the year

Posted by · 5:35 pm · August 27th, 2009

It’s been a very good week for Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner “The White Ribbon.” One day after being selected as Germany’s official entry in the Oscar race, it has received a prestigious addition to its trophy cabinet in the shape of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for Film of the Year. (Before you complain that […]

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