Palme d'Or winner named film of the year

LONDON — Michael Haneke’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Amour” has been named best film of the year by the Intl. Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).

The Grand Prix, to be awarded during the opening gala of the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival on Sept. 21, is voted for by 225 film critics from around the world.

“Amour” will open fest’s Zabaltegi Pearls section and will receive a gala screening Oct. 11 at the BFI London Film Festival.

Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” won the Fipresci Grand Prix in 2009.

Wednesday also saw the launch of San Sebastian’s Big Friday initiative, presented in collaboration with Red Bull Media House and backed by Wanda Vision and Quiksilver. Big Friday aims to provide an exhibition platform to directors of action sports, adventure and outdoor films, opening the genre to wider audiences.

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