It’s the end of the 34th Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The Desert Festival rolled its credits on Sunday by announcing the list of this year’s winners, including jury prizes and audience prizes. Alice Diop’s legal drama won top honors – the Fipresci Prize voted for by a special jury of international film critics who reviewed 35 of the 93 official submissions for the Oscars’ international feature film category. Saint Omer.
The jury praised the French film for the way it questions issues of society, culture, race and gender. “By mobilizing the skills of its technical team, Diop transforms Saint Omer in a shrewd, compelling, ambitious and overwhelming film that teases a metafictional awareness while remaining lucid and unsentimental,” the jury said in a statement.
Other Fipresci Prizes have been awarded to screenwriters Carla Simón and Arnau Vilaró for Alcarras for the international screenplay (Spain), Oksana Cherkashyna from Klondike for Best Actress in an International Feature Film (Ukraine), and Ali Junejo for joyland Best Actor in an International Feature Film (Pakistan). The Fipresci jury was made up of Andrew Kendall from Stabroek News, Anders E. Larsson from the Lund Fantastic Film Festival and Robert Horton from Herald and Seattle Weekly.
The prize for best documentary went to Nisha Pahuja kill a tiger. “The filmmakers’ sensitivity to the experience of subjects and their poignant capture of shifting tones is a superb use of the genre, resulting in a remarkable story depicting an enduring father-daughter bond illustrating social change,” according to the jury statement. Diana Cadavid, director of LALIFF and FICCALI, filmmaker Amir George and film festival programmer Robin Robinson served on this jury.
The New Voices New Visions Prize was awarded to The damned don’t cry by director Fyzal Boulifa. The Ibero-American prize — given to the best film from Latin America, Spain or Portugal — went to director Manuela Martelli Chile ’76. The local jury award honored So Yun Um’s liquor store dreams. Anthony Shim’s Young Filmmakers Award riceboy sleeps while the Mozaik Bridging the Borders Award went to Wissam Charaf Dirty Difficult Dangerous as well as a cash prize of $2,500.
Two public prizes were also awarded with that of Santiago Miter Argentina, 1985 winning Best Fiction Film, while Ross Kaufman medicine and miracles won the prize for best documentary. For a full summary of winners and jury statements, click here.
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