FIPRESCI Prize for Kaurismaki

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki has won the FIPRESCI Prize Saturday as the best film among the 20 in the official competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.  The FIPRESCI prize for the Un Certain Regard series went to French director Pierre Schoeller’s The Minister (L’Exercice de l’Etat) while the FIPRESCI prize for the 50th Semaine de la Critique (or Critics’ Week) series went to American filmmaker Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter.

Cannes also awarded its Ecumenical Jury prize Saturday to “This Must Be The Place”, Paolo Sorrentino’s film about an ageing rock star’s US odyssey also fancied for the coveted Palme d’Or.  South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s wrenching cinematic self-portrait and a German drama about the final days of a dying man shared a coveted sidebar prize at Cannes on Saturday, as the festival cruised toward its awards climax. Iranian dissident Mohammad Rasoulof, 37, won the Un Certain Regard section’s best director prize for “Goodbye”, but authorities at home kept him from attending the world’s top film festival. All these awards are a prelude to the main Cannes awards, Les Palmares, which were to be given out Sunday evening at the closing ceremonies. The Palme d’Or contenders include infamous Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. He has been personally banned from the festival – named as “a persona non grata” – for his statements about Adolf Hitler.

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