February 2020,

FIPRESCI Prize for "The Twentieth Century"


This year's FIPRESCI prize goes to THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Matthew Rankin. The jury, consisting of Anzhelika Artyukh, Schayan Riaz and Narjes Torchani, also gave a special mention to the cast and crew of THE LIVING AND THE DEAD ENSEMBLE with their film OUVERTURES.

The jury statement reads: "Not only is it the 70th Berlinale this year, the Forum is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. And in her first year as section head, Cristina Nord has managed to program a diverse range of titles that are both challenging and rewarding, and that introduce us to fresh and essential cinematic voices from around the world. One of those is Matthew Rankin, whose film is a topical satire, laying bare the perversion and violence of populist politics, but doing so with a great sense of style and humour. It's an accomplished and mature work that never feels like a debut feature film. The FIPRESCI prize in the International Forum of New Cinema 2020 goes to the film THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Matthiew Rankin."

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