‘Tree of Life’ wins Fipresci Prize

Prize to be presented at San Sebastian fest

MADRID — Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” has added to its Cannes Palme d’Or win this May by taking the Grand Prix for film of the year, awarded by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics.

“It’s comforting to discover so many generous hearts that encourage myself and all those who work with me to continue forging ahead,” Malick said in a statement.

The prize will be presented Sept. 16 at the opening gala of the 59th San Sebastian Film Festival, where “The Tree of Life” opens the Zabaltegi-Pearls section.

The prize will be collected by an exec from Tripictures, the film’s Spanish distrib, scotching rumors that pic’s stars Brad Pitt or Sean Penn would pick up the award.

Malick is unable to attend the gala. Known for his shyness, Malick did not attend the Cannes prize ceremony, either.

The Grand Prix honors a film that has premiered since July of the past year for its overall artistic quality.

More than 200 critics voted for the Grand Prix, giving Malick a “clear victory,” Fipresci confirmed Friday. The Spanish fest has hosted the Fipresci Grand Prix since 1999. — John Hopewell

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