The International Federation of Film Critics (or FIPRESCI) has picked the Grand Prix winner for the past year, and the result is none too surprising. In a competition that saw it wallop fellow finalists “Ida,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Winter Sleep,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was selected as the best film from July 2013 to June 2014. Previous winners include “The Tree of Life,” “Amour” and “There Will Be Blood.” Linklater already won the Silver Bear Award for Best Director earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival, and this probably won’t be the last award he’ll win in the upcoming months. The full press release by FIPRESCI is below:
Richard Linklater’s 12year project “Boyhood” was chosen the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI.
The poll for the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2014 – Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world. In a first phase, participants nominated any featurelength films that had had their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: “Boyhood,” by Richard Linklater, “Ida,” by Pawel Pawlikowski, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” by Wes Anderson, and “Kis Uykusu” (“Winter Sleep”) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. “Boyhood” arrived in a comfortable first place.
This is the first time a film by Richard Linklater receives FIPRESCI’s Grand Prix, which has already gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.
Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Friday 19, where the FIPRESCI Grand Prix has been presented from the start.