CANNES 2017 • Awards
Cannes’ FIPRESCI Prize goes to BPM (Beats Per Minute)
by Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa
The FIPRESCI Prize goes to BPM (Beats Per Minute) at Cannes by Robin Campillo.
CANNES 2017: The international critics have crowned Robin Campillo’s film; Closeness and The Nothing Factory also awarded.
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has handed out its trophies on the eve of the awards ceremony of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. For the competition, the International Critics’ Prize crowned BPM (Beats Per Minute) by France’s Robin Campillo. This Films de Pierre production is being sold abroad by Films Distribution.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo
For the Un Certain Regard selection, victory was claimed by Closeness, the feature debut by 25-year-old Russian prodigy Kantemir Balagov, which is being sold overseas by Wild Bunch.
The FIPRESCI Prize for the parallel sections was bestowed upon The Nothing Factory by Portugal’s Pedro Pinho, presented in the Directors’ Fortnight. The Terratreme Filmes production is being sold by Memento Films International.
Furthermore, we should point out that the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury singled out Radiance by Japan’s Naomi Kawase (produced by Paris-based outfit Comme des Cinémas, co-produced by Japan and being sold abroad by MK2).
Here is the complete list of winners:
FIPRESCI Prize in the Competition
BPM (Beats Per Minute) - Robin Campillo (France)
FIPRESCI Prize in Un Certain Regard
Closeness - Kantemir Balagov (Russia)
FIPRESCI Prize in the parallel sections
The Nothing Factory - Pedro Pinho (Portugal)
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Radiance - Naomi Kawase (France/Japan)
(Translated from French)
BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
by Robin Campillo
Paris, the early 1990s: a group of young activists is desperately tied to finding the cure against an unknown lethal disease. They target the pharmaceutical labs that are retaining potential cures, and multiply direct actions, with the hope of saving their lives as well as the ones of future generations.