The Palm Springs International Film Festival announced the jury winners of the 34th edition on Sunday, with “Saint Omer,” directed by Alice Diop, receiving the FIPRESCI Award for Foreign Film from a jury of international film critics. Courtroom drama France’s Oscar submission. “To Kill a Tiger” won the Documentary Award, while “The Damned Don’t Cry” won the New Voices New Visions Award.
“Alice Diop, as screenwriter and director, delivers a film that explores the different dynamics of black women in contemporary France,” says the FIPRESCI jury statement for “Saint Omer,” with Kaize Kagame and Guslagi Malanga (whose characters never interact, save for a moment).”
Jury Nisha Pahuja directed “To Kill a Tiger”, saying, “The filmmakers’ sensitivity to the subjects’ experiences and their poignant capture to change the tone is a brilliant use of the genre, resulting in an extraordinary story that becomes a profile of an enduring father-daughter bond in a social example of evolution.”
FIPRESCI acting awards went to Oksana Cherkashina for actress in “Klondike” and Ali Junejo for actor in “Joyland,” while “Alcaras” by writers Carla Simon and Arnau Villaro, received the FIPRESCI Screenplay Award.
“Riceboy Sleeps” won the Young Cineastes Award, while “Chile ’76” received the Ibero-American Award for best film from Latin America, Spain or Portugal. “Liquor Store Dreams” won the Local Jury Award and “Dirty Difficult Dangerous” won the MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award for a film that helps bring people around our world.
The Palm Springs event took place from January 5-16, screening 134 films from 61 countries, including 27 premieres. The festival has announced that the Palm Springs Shortfest will be held June 20-26.