FIPRESCI Prize winners

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1. Strip and War (2019)

68 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

The film tells the story of a small family, consisting of a grandfather retired from the army, and his stripper grandson. It is not just a story of a relationship, but rather a reflection ... See full summary »

Director: Andrei Kutsila

Votes: 7

Wiedbaden 2019

2. Two for Joy (2018)

90 min | Drama

A troubled family's problems come to a head during a stay in a seaside town.

Director: Tom Beard | Stars: Samantha Morton, Daniel Mays, Billie Piper, Bella Ramsey

Votes: 82

Lecce 2019

3. A Tale of Three Sisters (2019)

108 min | Drama

Three young girls are taken from a poor village in central Anatolia and given to affluent foster families.

Director: Emin Alper | Stars: Cemre Ebuzziya, Ece Yüksel, Helin Kandemir, Müfit Kayacan

Votes: 157

Istanbul 2019

Istanbul 2019

5. Advocate (2019)

108 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of Jewish-Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel who has represented political prisoners for nearly 50 years.

Directors: Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones | Stars: Lea Tsemel, Michael Warschawski

Votes: 34

Toulouse 2019

6. We're All Sailors (2019)

104 min | Drama

Krystof, his brother and the captain live on a fishing ship, stranded to the port of El Callao. The company is bankrupted, the ship hasn't fished in eight weeks and the rest of the crew has... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Angel Moulet | Stars: Beto Benites, Ravil Sadreev, Andrey Sladkov, Julia Thays

Votes: 7

Toulouse 2019

Guadalajara 2019

8. Synonyms (2019)

123 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte, Uria Hayik

Votes: 797

Berlin 2019

9. Dafne (2019)

94 min | Drama

Dafne is a self-aware and bright young woman with Down syndrome. When her mother dies, she has to attend to her father too, on top of attempting to process her own grief.

Director: Federico Bondi | Stars: Stefania Casini, Antonio Piovanelli, Carolina Raspanti

Votes: 32

Berlin 2019

10. Die Kinder der Toten (2019)

90 min | Mystery

Karin and her dominate mother stand out from the huge crowd of descending travelers. After an extravagant dinner consisting of singing and traditional Styrian dishes, the tourists are run ... See full summary »

Directors: Kelly Copper, Pavol Liska | Stars: Georg Beyer, Lukas Eigl, Greta Kostka, Andrea Maier

Votes: 56

Berlin 2019

11. Stories of the Half-Light (2018)

68 min | Documentary, Biography

A poetic journey from the dark to the light in a refuge for homeless people. A purgatory of sleepless nights, memories, dreams, hopes and endless cigarettes.

Director: Luca Magi | Star: David-Stavros-Onassis

Votes: 6

Zagreb 2019

12. Gundermann (2018)

128 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The movie deals with the real life story of East German singer and writer Gerhard Gundermann and his struggles with music, life as a coal miner and his dealings with the secret police (STASI) of the GDR.

Director: Andreas Dresen | Stars: Bjarne Mädel, Peter Schneider, Alexander Scheer, Milan Peschel

Votes: 784

Tromsø 2019

13. Blind Spot (2018)

98 min | Drama

BLIND SPOT is a story about the grey zones in mental illness; the blind spots hard to discover, as experienced by a mother realizing her daughter struggling with far worse issues than she realized.

Director: Tuva Novotny | Stars: Teodor Barsnes-Simonsen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Per Frisch, Ellen Heyerdahl Janzon

Votes: 394

Gothenburg 2019

14. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 31,818 | Gross: $3.31M

Palm Springs 2019

15. Our Time (2018)

173 min | Drama

58 Metascore

A family lives in the Mexican countryside raising fighting bulls. Esther is in charge of running the ranch, while her husband Juan, a world-renowned poet, raises and selects the beasts. ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Natalia López, Phil Burgers, Carlos Reygadas, Maria Hagerman

Votes: 674

Havana 2018

16. Sudani from Nigeria (2018)

123 min | Comedy, Sport

Story of an African football player and a local football club manager from Malappuram, Kerala.

Director: Zakariya Mohammed | Stars: Soubin Shahir, Samuel Abiola Robinson, Savithri Sreedharan, Sarasa Balussery

Votes: 1,929

Kerala 2018

17. Unremember (2018)

96 min | Drama

In 1979 a teenage girl emigrates back to Brazil from Paris, plunging her into the political and social storm of that country, and forcing her to confront the disappearance of her father many years earlier.

Director: Flávia Castro | Stars: Hugo Abranches, Sara Antunes, Jesuíta Barbosa, Jeanne Boudier

Votes: 72

Rio de Janeiro 2018

18. Orange Days (2018)

102 min | Drama

When Aban - tough, self-sufficient, and the only woman contractor in the orange fields of northern Iran - beats out the male competition for a big job, the operation seems to get off to a rocky start. But Aban won't let go without a fight.

Director: Arash Lahooti | Stars: Hediyeh Tehrani, Ali Mosaffa, Mehran Ahmadi, Siamak Adib

Votes: 47

Mannheim-Heidelberg 2018

19. Sofia (2018)

80 min | Drama

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Following a denial of pregnancy, she finds herself illegally giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital leaves her 24h to provide ... See full summary »

Director: Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi | Stars: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Votes: 470

Thessaloniki 2018

20. Pause (2018)

96 min | Drama

Trapped in the misery of an oppressive marriage, a middle-aged woman finds refuge in a fantasy world of vindictive violence. Soon, reality and fantasy start to blur.

Director: Tonia Mishiali | Stars: Stella Fyrogeni, Andreas Vasileiou, Popi Avraam, Marios Ioannou

Votes: 85

Thessaloniki 2018

21. The Looming Storm (2017)

120 min | Crime

A man who is laid off from a steel factory desperately wants to chase a serial killer in a small city in Southern China.

Director: Yue Dong | Stars: Yihong Duan, Yiyan Jiang, Yuan Du, Wei Zheng

Votes: 1,000

Taipei 2018

22. A Twelve-Year Night (2018)

TV-MA | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we... See full summary »

Director: Álvaro Brechner | Stars: Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort, César Troncoso

Votes: 4,802

Cairo 2018

24. Winter Flies (2018)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

Two mischievous adolescent boys embark on a journey of imaginative misadventure and coming-of-age self-discovery, in Olmo Omerzu's road-trip comedy celebrating the need to indulge the ... See full summary »

Director: Olmo Omerzu | Stars: Tomás Mrvík, Jan Frantisek Uher, Eliska Krenková, Zdenek Mucha

Votes: 162

Gijon 2018 Athens 2018

25. Peterloo (2018)

PG-13 | 154 min | Drama, History

66 Metascore

The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson

Votes: 1,944 | Gross: $0.15M

Bygdoszscz 2018

26. Crystal Swan (2018)

95 min | Drama

In 1990s Belarus, a wanderlust young DJ is derailed by a typo in a forged US Visa application, forcing her to a backwater village where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream.

Director: Darya Zhuk | Stars: Alina Nasibullina, Ivan Mulin, Yuriy Borisov, Svetlana Anikey

Votes: 533

Bratislava 2018

27. Cold War (2018)

R | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

90 Metascore

In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski | Stars: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza

Votes: 33,675 | Gross: $4.57M

Stockholm 2018

28. Styx (I) (2018)

94 min | Drama

78 Metascore

"Styx" depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip.

Director: Wolfgang Fischer | Stars: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda, Inga Birkenfeld

Votes: 1,350 | Gross: $0.07M

Ljubljana 2018

29. Feral (I) (2018)

101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The mountains of Oaxaca harbor the remains of a ravaged and burnt shelter, once home to a psychoanalyst priest who used it to look after savage children, trying to re-integrate them into ... See full summary »

Director: Andrés Kaiser | Stars: José Ángel García, Julio Sandoval, José Concepción Macías, Hector Illanes

Votes: 12

Los Cabos 2018

30. The Load (2018)

98 min | Drama

Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying ... See full summary »

Director: Ognjen Glavonic | Stars: Leon Lucev, Pavle Cemerikic, Tamara Krcunovic, Ivan Lucev

Votes: 398

Cottbus 2018

31. A Violent Desire for Joy (2018)

75 min | Drama

During the French Revolution, an isolated monastery between mountains is commandeered by the insurgents. The coexistence with the soldiers will make change the brave monk Gabriel, as well ... See full summary »

Director: Clément Schneider | Stars: Quentin Dolmaire, Grace Seri, Franc Bruneau, Vincent Cardona

Votes: 45

Sevilla 2018

32. The Red Phallus (2018)

85 min | Drama

We all live in one story but different realities. Or perhaps, we all live in one reality but different stories. And in between, there is just a mask.

Director: Tashi Gyeltshen | Stars: Tshering Euden, Dorji Gyeltshen, Singye

Votes: 34

Busan 2018

33. Her Job (2018)

89 min | Drama

Panayiota gets for the first time a job as a cleaner in an attempt to support her family. While at her work environment she faces a ruthless system of exploitation, she spends the happiest ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Labôt | Stars: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Dimitris Imellos, Maria Filini, Eleni Karagiorgi

Votes: 128

Warsaw 2018

34. The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hides them in his truck. Though an interrogation of ... See full summary »

Director: Denys Arcand | Stars: Maxim Roy, Maripier Morin, Juliette Gosselin, Éric Bruneau

Votes: 746 | Gross: $2.11M

Valladolid 2018

Leipzig 2018

36. Jimmie (2018)

91 min | Drama

A four-year-old boy and his father set out to find safety when violent conflict erupts in their native Sweden.

Director: Jesper Ganslandt | Stars: Jesper Ganslandt, Hunter Ganslandt, Christopher Wagelin, Anna Littorin

Votes: 178

Riga 2018

37. Meerkat Maantuig (2017)

96 min | Drama, Fantasy

Gideonette, a timid and visionary girl, lives with her parents in a small town. Her dad Gideon, battles daily to allay her fears about the curse of the Gideon de La Reys. Throughout their ... See full summary »

Director: Hanneke Schutte | Stars: Anchen du Plessis, Rika Sennett, Pierre van Pletzen, Themba Ntuli

Votes: 40

Chemnitz 2018

38. Phantom Thread (2017)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Set in 1950s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julie Vollono

Votes: 86,309 | Gross: $21.02M

FIPRESCI Best movie of the year 2018

39. High Life (2018)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth

Votes: 11,192 | Gross: $1.23M

Toronto 2018

40. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp

Votes: 893

Toronto 2018

41. Float Like a Butterfly (2018)

PG | 101 min | Drama

From the producers of Once and Sing Street, Float Like a Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy ... See full summary »

Director: Carmel Winters | Stars: Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney, Johnny Collins, Ciaran Bermingham

Votes: 57

St Petersburg 2018

42. Leave No Trace (2018)

PG | 109 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard, Derek John Drescher

Votes: 34,051 | Gross: $6.05M

Miskolc 2018

43. Euthanizer (2017)

85 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A man who euthanizes animals as a side job runs afoul of a white supremacist.

Director: Teemu Nikki | Stars: Matti Onnismaa, Jari Virman, Hannamaija Nikander, Heikki Nousiainen

Votes: 1,162

Haugesund 2018

44. Still Recording (2018)

120 min | Documentary, War

In 2011, twenty-year-old Saeed, an engineering student, left Damascus for Douma (eastern Ghouta) and took part in the Syrian revolution. He will be joined later by his friend Milad, a ... See full summary »

Directors: Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub

Votes: 109

Venice 2018

45. Sunset (2018)

R | 142 min | Drama

65 Metascore

A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I.

Director: László Nemes | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Susanne Wuest, Evelin Dobos, Björn Freiberg

Votes: 2,143 | Gross: $0.16M

Venice 2018