Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Critics Awards – FIPRESCI - at the Festivals in Miami, Sofia, Mexico City

Miami (USA, March 6-15, 2009). The Miami Film Festival has become one of the key events for showcasing not only the best examples of the Ibero-American cinematographies, but also the new trends and trajectories on world cinema.This years critics prize goes to: "Involuntary" (De Ofrivilliga) by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, 2008), shown in the "World Competition" section. FIPRESCI Jury: Eleanor Ringel Cater (USA), Paulo Portugal (Portugal), Josefina Sartora (Argentina).

Sofia (Bulgaria, March 5-15, 2009).The 13th Sofia Festival presented more than 200 films through its international, regional and national programs .FIPRESCI Prize for this edition awarded to: "The Happiest Girl in the World" (Cea mai fericita fata din lume) by Radu Jude (Romania, Netherlands, 2009), shown in the festival's international competition. FIPRESCI Jury: Einar Staalesen (Norway), Tonci Valentic (Croatia), Ingeborg Bratoeva (Bulgaria).

Mexico City (Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival, Mexico, February 17 – March 1, 2009).Living in the shadow of the enormous neighborhood of the United States, Mexico once again had the brilliant idea to organize the Festival of Independent Cinema, after five successfull editions under Paula Astorga now with a new team.Winner of this year's FIPRESCI Prize is: "Our Fight" (Nuestra lucha) by Jaime Rogel Román (Mexico, 2008, HDV). FIPRESCI Jury: Joel Poblete (Chile), Fernando Palumbo (Uruguay), Chiara Arroyo Cella (Spain/Mexico).

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