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The International Federation of Film Critics has named Finnish master Aki Kaurismaki’s comedy-drama The Other Side of Hope the best film of 2017 and will award it the coveted FIPRESCI Grand Prix at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
The vote saw the participation of 576 critics from all over the world choose the Finnish production over all of the films premiered after 1 July 2016. Hope beat the other two finalists, Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning Moonlight and Ildiko Enyedi’s winner of the Golden Bear in Berlin, On Body and Soul, which will run in the festival’s Pearls section.
Key titles in Kaurismaki’s filmography, such as Ariel (1988), The Match Factory Girl (1990), Drifting Clouds (1996), The Man Without a Past (2002) and Le Havre (2011) are now modern classics. Kaurismaki won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the last Berlin Festival with The Other Side of Hope, which is also the second FIPRESCI award-winner for the director after 2011’s Le Havre.
Since its creation in 1999, the Fipresci Grand Prix has gone to prestigious filmmakers including Pedro Almodovar, Michael Haneke, Cristian Mungiu, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Linklater, Roman Polanski, George Miller and Maren Ade, among others.
Kaurismaki will receive the award at the opening ceremony of the festival, which runs in Spain’s northern Basque region from Sept. 22-30.
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