Cannes: '120 Beats Per Minute' Tops FIPRESCI Critics' Prizes

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'120 Beats Per Minute'

'Closeness' and 'The Nothing Factory' also were given nods.

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awarded its prizes Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute took home the top honors among the official selection competition films. The drama documenting the ACT UP AIDS activists in the 1980s has been getting strong reviews. (Read THR's review here.)

In the Un Certain Regard competition, Kantemir Balagov’s Closeness (Tesnota) took to the honor. The story is set in a Jewish family in late-nineties Russia that is torn apart by a kidnapping.

The prize for a first or second film in the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week sidebars was awarded to The Nothing Factory (A Fabrica de Nada) from Pedro Pinho. The comedy/drama/musical from Pinho follows a group of workers who occupy their factory it's about to lay them off, but things don’t go as planned.

Alissa Simon (U.S.) serves as president of the jury, with Thomas Adian (France), Rodrigo Fonseca (Brazil), Barbara Lorey de Lacharriere (France), Vidyashankar Jois (India), Pierre Pageau (Canada), Eva Peydro (Spain), Silvana Silvestri (Italy) and Mode Steinkjer (Norway) composing the jury.

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