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

‘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 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, The Nothing Factory (A Fabrica de Nada) from Pedro Pinho was awarded. The comedy/drama/musical from Pinho follows a group of workers who occupy their factory as its about to lay them off, but things don’t go as planned.

Alissa Simon (U.S.) serve 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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