Munich: Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wins FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019 award. A release from the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) declares that the award will be presented at the 67th San Sebastián Film Festival on the 20th of September 2019.
“Roma” was elected the best film of the past year by the federation and will receive the Grand Prix 2019 at the opening ceremony of the 67th San Sebastián Film Festival, the premier film festival of Spain. A total of 618 critics and journalists from all over the world took part in a poll conducted to select the best film of the past year.
All feature-length films that had their world première since July 2018 were eligible in an initial nominations phase, from which four finalists emerged. The three other films at the final round were “Pain and Glory” directed by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain), “Parasite” directed by Bong Joon-ho (South Korea) and “The Favourite” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (UK).
It is noteworthy that “Roma” earlier won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival last year, and went on to receive the Oscar awards to the Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Director and Best Cinematographer for Cuarón. In the past, the Grand Prix has gone to Jean-Luc Godard, Pedro Almodóvar, Michael Haneke, Aki Kaurismäki, Cristian Mungiu, and Jafar Panahi, among others. The FIPRESCI Grand Prix was created in 1999, and is presented every year at San Sebastián.