ROMA wins Fipresci Grand Prix for Best Film

The award will be presented next September 20th in Saint Sebastian

ROMA wins Fipresci Grand Prix for Best Film
A still from Cuaron’s ROMA – Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
English 29/08/2019 20:00 EFE Mexico City Actualizada 14:07
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The film ROMA, by Mexican Alfonso Cuarón, has been chosen as the best film of 2019 by the Members of the International Federation of Cinema Critics (Fipresci), an award that shall be presented during the inauguration gala of the 67th International Film Festival of Saint Sebastian.

On Thursday, Zinemaldia informed in a release that ROMA has been chosen to receive the Fipresci Grand Prix in a ballot in which 618 critics from all the world participated, who have chosen from all the films released from July 1st, 2018.

ROMA, which Cuarón filmed with the production of Netflix, has stood over other three runner ups: “Pain and Glory” by Pedro Almodóvar; “Parasite,” with which Bong Joon-ho won the Palm d’Or in Cannes, and “The Favorite,” by Yorgos Lanthimos, awarded in Venice and by which British actress Olivia Colm won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Cuaron’s film, who wins this award for the first time, was released in last Venice International Film Festival, in which it got a Golden Lion, and, after going through Saint Sebastian in the section “Perlak,” got a good number of recognitions, among them the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Direction, and Photography, three Baftas, ten Ariels, the Goya for Best Ibero-American film, and seven Platinum awards.

Alfonso Cuarón joins other talented filmmakers that have won the Fipresci Grand Prix, a list that includes Pedro Almodóvar, Michael Haneke, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Linklater, Roman Polanski, Aki Kaurismäki, and Paul Thomas Anderson, among others.

The prize will be presented next September 20th during the inauguration gala of Zinemaldia in Saint Sebastian.


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