Critics Award

Critics Award

The ALPC - Association Luxembourgeoise de la Presse Cinématographique - presented the CRITICS AWARD during the Festival's award ceremony on 16th March 2019 at Kinepolis Kirchberg.

The Press Jury made up of Pablo Chimienti, Raúl Reis and Jean-Pierre Thilges gave the CRITICS AWARD to:

THE REALM (EL REINO)
by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Honourable Mention:
BIRDS OF PASSAGE (PÁJAROS DE VERANO)
by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra

“As members of the Press Jury we have watched all ten Official Competition films. Ten film that have surprised, disturbed, moved, and sometimes also bored us. They all took us on a journey into very different universes, via eclectic cinematographic experiences: from contemporary Canada, to 19th century Vietnam, to 1960s Turkey and Thatcher-era England.

Two films caught our eye in particular which is why the Press Jury would like to present a special mention to an astonishing film with carefully chosen set pieces and beautiful costumes. A film which manages to add a new perspective to narcoterrorism and introduces viewers to a fascinating language and culture, “Wayuu”: BIRDS OF PASSAGE (PÁJAROS DE VERANO) by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra.

But in the end, there can only be one! As journalists, we were especially impressed by the very unorthodox narrative choices of this film that was inspired by real-life stories. This super-intense and nerve-wracking thriller could have been a docu-drama on contemporary politics and corruption. A film with clean images, inspiring actors and frenetic music, which depicts a genre-defining car crash that comes out of nowhere. Those who have seen the film will have already guessed it, the Critics Award 2019 goes to the Spanish film THE REALM (EL REINO) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.”

 

Previous Winners:

  • 8th Edition - 2018
    SWEET COUNTRY
    by Warwick Thornton
     
  • 7th Edition - 2017
    GLORY (SLAVA)
    by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov

    Honourable Mention
    I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (WO BU SHI PAN JINLIAN)
    by Feng Xiaogang
     

  • 6th Edition - 2016
    THE HERE AFTER (EFTERSKALV)
    by Magnus von Horn

    Honourable Mention
    WILD
    by Nicolette Krebitz
     

  • 5th Edition - 2015
    THREE WINDOWS AND A HANGING (TRI DRITARE DHE NJË VARJE)
    by Isa Qosja
     
  • 4th Edition - 2014
    TOM AT THE FARM (TOM À LA FERME)
    by Xavier Dolan
     
  • 3rd Edition - 2013
    CLIP (KLIP)
    by Maja Miloš
     
  • 2nd Edition - 2012
    CONFESSIONS (KOKUHAKU)
    by Tetsuya Nakashima

    Honourable Mention
    THE ORATOR (O LE TULAFALE)
    by Tusi Tamasese

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