‘Beanpole,’ ‘Talking About Trees’ Among Palm Springs Film Festival Winners

The Palm Springs Film Festival has announced its juried winners, with “Beanpole” taking the FIPRESCI prize for films in the international feature film Oscar submissions program. The documentary award went to “Talking About Trees.”

Juror Bijan Tehrani said referenced the tensions between Iran and the U.S. “No wars can justify the loss of even one life,” he said to applause. “Wars are celebrated by arms dealers.” He invited the crowd to join in the campaign for no war.

Director Melina Leon accepted New Voices New Visions award for “Song Without a Name” and said: “No war in Iran. We are all one people, we should resist together.”

Most of the other winners had left Palm Springs by the time of the awards and accepted by proxy and sent video messages thanking the fest.

Acting prizes went to Bartosz Bielenia from “Corpus Christi” for actor and Helena Zengel from “System Crasher” for actress. “Parasite” won the screenplay prize from the FIPRESCI jury of international film critics.

The festival, held from Jan. 2-13, screened 192 films from 81 countries.

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The New Voices New Visions award for first and second time filmmakers went to “Song Without a Name,” while “Monos” received the Ibero-American Award for films from Latin America, Spain or Portugal.

Other prizes included the local jury award to “Adam,” the Young Cineastes Award to “Corpus Christi,” and the Bridging the Borders award to “Advocate.”

The audience awards were announced Sunday and went to Miranda de Pencier for “The Grizzlies” from Canada and John Chester for “The Biggest Little Farm” from the U.S.

A complete list of winners follows:

FIPRESCI Prize for Best International Feature Film of the Year

Beanpole (Russia), Director Kantemir Balagov

FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in an International Feature Film

Bartosz Bielenia from Corpus Christi (Poland)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in an International Feature Film

Helena Zengel from System Crasher (Germany)

FIPRESCI Prize for International Screenplay:

Parasite (South Korea), Screenwriters Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-Won

Special Mention: Antigone (Canada), Screenwrier Sophie Deraspe

New Voices/New Visions Award

Song Without a Name (Peru/Spain/USA/Chile), Director Melina León

The Documentary Award

Talking About Trees (France/Sudan/Germany/Chad/Qatar), Director Suhaib Gasmelbari

Ibero-American Award

Monos (Colombia), Director Alejandro Landes.

Special Mention: Workforce (Mexico), Director David Zonana.

Local Jury Award

Adam (Morocco), Director Maryam Touzani

Young Cineastes Award

Corpus Christi (Poland), Director Jan Komasa

GoEnergistics (GoE) Bridging the Borders Award

Advocate (Israel/Canada/Switzerland), Director Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche

Special Mention: The Australian Dream (Australia), Director Daniel Gordon


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