Belgium’s ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ Takes Top Prize at Palm Springs Festival


Felix van Groeningen’s The Damaged Circle Breakdown, Belgium’s entry which has been shortlisted for the very best international-language Oscar, was once awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for highest overseas language movie of the 12 months on the Palm Springs World Movie Pageant, which runs thru Jan. thirteen.

The competition exceeded out its jury prizes as of late at a luncheon at Spencer’s restaurant in Palm Springs. The FIPRESCI Prize for the very best actor of the 12 months in a overseas language movie went to Mads Mikkelsen for his efficiency in Denmark’s The Hunt, any other of this 12 months’s quick-listed overseas motion pictures. Bérégood Bejo obtained the FIPRESCI Prize for absolute best actress of the 12 months in a overseas language movie for her efficiency in Iran’s The Previous.

The competition is screening 191 motion pictures, together with forty six of this yr’s seventy six international-language submissions. Its target audience award winners can be introduced Jan. 12.

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“The juries’ selections cover a range of high art and populism,” said the festival’s artistic director Helen du Toit.  “It is especially interesting to see how many of their top choices echo the passion of the audiences’ top picks.  International cinema is not just alive and well, but positively thriving.  It is my greatest hope that U.S. distributors will find ways of bringing these success stories to a wider audience who is clearly eager for fresh voices.”

The festival’s New Voices/New Visions Award, given to a new international talent, was awarded to Andrea Pallaoro for Medeas, a film about adultery.  A special mention was given to Germinal Roaux’s Left Foot Right Foot, from Switerzerland.

Two films received the Cine Latino Award: Amat Escalante’s Heli, from Mexico, and David Trueba’s Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, from Spain. Special Mention went to Sebastian Lelio’s Gloria, from Chile.

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The John Schlesinger Award, given to a primary-time documentary filmmaker, was once given to John Maloof and Charlie Siskel for Discovering Vivian Maier, in regards to the photographer of the identical title.

Andrzej Wajdaobtained the HP Bridging the Borders Award for his movie Walesa, Man of Hope, from Poland.

 A whole record of  winners follows:

Mercedes-Benz Target market Award for Perfect Narrative Function


Target market Award for Absolute best Documentary Function


FIPRESCI Prize for Best possible International Language Movie of the 12 months

The Damaged Circle Breakdown (Belgium), directed with the aid of Felix van Groeningen

FIPRESCI Prize for the Highest Actor of the Yr in a International Language Movie

Mads Mikkelsenfrom The Hunt (Denmark), directed by way of Thomas Vinterberg

FIPRESCI Prize for Absolute best Actress of the 12 months in a International Language Movie

Bérégood BejofromThe Earlier(Iran), directed by way of Asghar Farhadi

New Voices/New Visions Award

Medeas(USA), directed with the aid of Andrea Pallaoro – Winner

Left Foot Proper Foot(Switzerland), directed by using Germinal Roaux – Unique Point out

Cine Latino Award

Heli (Mexico), directed with the aid of Amat Escalante and Residing is Straightforward With Eyes Closed (Spain), directed via David Trueba – Winner

Gloria(Chile), directed through Sebastian Lelio – Unique Point out

The John Schlesinger Award

Discovering Vivian Maier(USA), directed with the aid of John Maloof and Charlie Siskel – Winner

HP Bridging the Borders Award

Walesa. Man of Hope (Poland), directed through Andrzej Wajda – Winner

Plot for Peace(South Africa), directed by means of Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson – Unique Jury Award




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