The FIPRESCI prizes and Ecumenical Jury prizes at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival have today been awarded. The FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics bestows awards to films at a number of film festivals through the year, including Venice and Toronto. The Ecumenical Jury's award is given to the film which has most 'touched the spiritual dimension of our existence'. Four years ago, they gave their award to Ken Loach's Looking for Eric, and gave an anti-award to Lars von Trier's Antichrist, so if that's any indication of their tastes, you know what you're getting with that lot! Nonetheless, their winners are often among the most popular at Cannes each year.
FIPRESCI award one film from the Official Competition, one from Un Certain Regard and one from either Directors' Fortnight or Critics' Week. This year, they chose:
Blue Is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche) - Official Selection
Manuscripts Don't Burn (Mohammad Rasoulof) - Un Certain Regard
Blue Ruin (Jeremy Saulnier) - Directors' Fortnight
The Ecumenical Jury awards just one film each year. Their 2013 choice:
The Past (Asghar Farhadi)