Public praise for 'Private Fears'

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COLOGNE, Germany -- "Private Fears in Public Places," the romantic comedy by Alain Resnais about singles looking for love in Paris, has won the European Film Academy's 2007 critics award, the international federation of film critics (FIPRESCI) said Tuesday.

"Private Fears," already has been showered with critical praise, winning the Silver Lion for best director in Venice last year and the French critics' top prize for best film, among other honors.

Explaining its decision, FIPRESCI said that Resnais "treats the characters the way an affectionate puppeteer would treat his creatures. He contemplates their comings and goings with the benevolence of one who knows that agitation is vain, but who prefers that people find it out for themselves."

Resnais will receive the prize at the 20th annual European Film Awards on Saturday in Berlin.
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