Cannes: 'Toni Erdmann,' 'Dogs' Take Fipresci Prizes
French cannibal pic 'Raw' also received an honor for best first film in a sidebar.
The International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) awarded its prizes Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.
German comedy Toni Erdmann took home top honors among competition films. Maren Ade's third directorial effort, about a woman and her prank-loving father, earned strong critical praise after premiering in Cannes. (Read The Hollywood Reporter's review here.)
In the Un Certain Regard section, Dogs (Caini), the first feature from Romanian helmer Bogdan Mirica, received the nod. The film follows a man who finds out that his late grandfather, the owner of vast lands near the Romanian-Ukrainian border, was a crime lord. (Read THR's review here.)
For the sidebar sections of Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week, Raw (Grave), the cannibal film directed by Julia Ducournau, earned the prize for a first film. The flesh-eating French thriller was warmly received at the fest. (Read THR's review.)
The jury members included: president Alin Tasciyan (Turkey), Pamela Bienzobas (Chile), Tereza Brdeckova (Czech Republic), Michael Kienzl (Germany), Noemie Luciani (France), Bujor Ion Ripeanu (Romania), Rita Di Santo (U.K.), Vecdi Sayar (Turkey) and Leo Soesanto (France).
The top prizes for the main selection will be awarded Sunday night during the closing ceremony at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.