The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival announced the winners of its juried prizes Saturday, with critical darling “Shoplifters” taking the award for best foreign language film of the year.
The audience awards went to “The Grizzlies,” directed by Miranda de Pencier, for narrative feature, and to John Chester’s “Biggest Little Farm” for documentary.
The festival, held from Jan. 3-14, 2019, screened 226 films from 78 countries.
Juried awards had five categories, including New Voices New Visions Award for unique viewpoints from first- and second-time directors; Schlesinger Documentary Award for first- or second-time documentary filmmakers; CV Cine Award for the best Ibero-American film; and the FIPRESCI Prize for films in the Foreign Language Oscar submissions program.
This year, the festival also had a new honor, the Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named for actor and magician Ricky Jay and in honor of a film made by a master filmmaker that exemplifies a pioneering spirit in furthering the language of storytelling and the magic of cinema. Finally, the GoE Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders, honors the film that is most successful in bringing the people of our world closer together.
View the full winners list below.
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Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
The Grizzlies (Canada), directed by Miranda de Pencier
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
The Biggest Little Farm (USA), directed by John Chester
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
“Shoplifters” (Japan), directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film
Marcello Fonte from “Dogman” (Italy)
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film
Joanna Kulig from “Cold War” (Poland)
New Voices/New Visions Award
“Sofia” (France/Qatar), directed by Meryem Benm’Barek
Honorable Mention: “Saf” (Turkey), directed by Ali Vatansever
The John Schlesinger Award
“Ghost Fleet” (USA), directed by Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron
Honorable Mention: “Bathtubs Over Broadway” (USA), directed by Dava Whisenant
CV Cine Award
“Carmen & Lola” (Spain), directed by Arantxa Echevarria
Honorable Mention: “The Chambermaid” (Mexico/USA), directed by Lila Avilés
Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award
“Dead Pigs” (China), directed by Cathy Yan
GoE Bridging the Borders Award
“Eldorado” (Switzerland), directed by Markus Imhoof
Youth Jury Award
“What Will People Say” (Norway/Germany/Sweden), directed by Iram Haq