CANNES — The International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) awarded its prize for the best film in Cannes’ competition section on Friday to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep,” confirming the pic’s status as one of the front-runners for the Palme d’Or.
The jury said the award had gone to a “great filmmaker who had managed to surprise and delight us again with his in-depth soul-searching, put to us in great cinematic terms.”
The director thanked the critics for having “wrote some very nice things about my films. It was a challenging year, and, I want to say, without you and the audience, art films, but especially long art films, would be very lonesome.”
The Fipresci jury chose Argentine Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja” as best film in the Un Certain Regard lineup. The jury said the filmmaker had “created an original imaginary world with a landscape of passion, dream, and inner truth.”
Directors’ Fortnight’s buzzed-up “Love at First Fight,” from France’s Thomas Cailley, won best film in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections. The jury only considered first films for this award.
The jury commented: “It is a wonderful first film: an original coming-of-age vision that captures the pulse of a generation, looking for fights to engage them.”
Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” won the Cannes’ Ecumenical jury prize. The director was born in Mauritania, but grew up in Mali, where the film is set. The film plays in Cannes’ competition section.
Wim Wenders’ “The Salt of the Earth” and Spaniard Jaime Rosales’ “Beautiful Youth” received commendations from the Ecumenical jury. Both films play in Un Certain Regard.