The FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016 for Best Film of the year goes to Toni Erdmann
- German filmmaker Maren Ade will collect the award at the San Sebastián Film Festival
Toni Erdmann [+see also:
Q&A: Maren Ade
film profile] by Maren Ade has been voted best film by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. The vote for the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016 saw the participation of 475 critics from all over the world, who made their choice from among the films released after 1 July 2015. Toni Erdmann outstripped the other finalists, Paterson [+see also:
film profile] by Jim Jarmusch and Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.
Maren Ade is the first female director to carry off the award since its creation in 1999; former winners include reputed filmmakers Pedro Almodóvar, Michael Haneke, Cristian Mungiu, Aki Kaurismäki, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Linklater and George Miller, among others.
Ade is a director, screenwriter and producer. Her debut film, The Forest for the Trees, won the Special Jury Prize in the World Cinema section at Sundance 2005. In 2009, she presented Everyone Else [+see also:
interview: Maren Ade
film profile] at the Berlinale. Toni Erdmann, her third feature as a director, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where it also won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 69th edition. The film is also a candidate for the European Parliament's LUX Prize 2016. Ade says, "I feel extremely honoured to be chosen by the people who have seen the most films over the year. And thank you so much for giving Toni Erdmann such a great start in Cannes".
Maren Ade will receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix at the San Sebastián Film Festival opening gala on Friday 16 September.