ROME — Jafar Panahi’s “The Circle” will be awarded the third annual Fipresci Grand Prix for best film of the year at the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival Sept. 20.
The pic depicts the resilience and courage of women in the face of oppression and discrimination in contemporary Iran. Pedro Almodovar’s “All About My Mother” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia” were the previous Grand Prix winners.
Panahi began his kudo-laden career with “The White Balloon,” which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’Or in 1995. This was followed in 1997 by “The Mirror,” winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno. “The Circle” world-preemed at the 2000 Venice Film Festival, where it took the Golden Lion.