‘Shoplifters’ steals the show at US festival
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’, Japan’s submission for the foreign-language film Oscar, was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which announced its juried award winners at a luncheon today at Riviera Palm Springs. The fest, which will conclude today after screening 226 films from 78 countries, including 43 of the 87 films submitted for the foreign-language Oscar, also saw the FIPRESCI prize for best actor in a foreignlanguage film go to Marcello Fonte from the Italian film ‘Dogman’ and the prize for best actress in a foreignlanguage film to Joanna Kulig for Poland’s ‘Cold War’. The fest’s New Voice New Visions Award was given to ‘Sofia’, Meryem Benm’barek’s film about a young Moroccan women, Hollywood Reporter wrote.
The John Schlesinger Award for the director of a debut documentary feature was presented to Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron for ‘Ghost Fleet’, which looks at enslaved men on Indonesian fishing vessels.
The fest’s new Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named after the late actor and magician, went to the Chinese film ‘Dead Pigs’, directed by Cathy Yan, about a mysterious wave of livestock deaths.