Film of the Year 2016: And the Winner Is…

It’s back to that time of year again where some of the industry’s most important directors, actors, and critics come together and try to determine the best film of the last year. It’s an award that has gained a lot of attention and, since it was introduced just over fifteen years ago, it has become something that directors and actors all around the world strive to win.

Last Year’s Winner

Last year, the International Federation of Film Critics handed the FIPRESCI Grand Prix award to the fourth instalment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road. Directed by George Miller, the film follows the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, where the world has become a desert wasteland and civilisation has disintegrated as a whole.

The film was so popular that it was ranked as one of the greatest action films ever made. Fury Road gained multiple critical and guild accolades, received ten Academy Award nominations and won six of them: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

As you can see, this year’s winner had to be on par with Mad Max: Fury Road, right?

Well, we can safely say that the winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2016 is…

Toni Erdmann

This German-Austrian film has attributed the award from the panel of international critics, with a total member count of 475. This year, Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade beat the likes of Kaan Müjdeci’s Sivas, Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows, and Maro Anastopoulou’s Whispers of the Sky, making it the first time this accolade has been awarded to a female filmmaker.

The film stars Austrian actor Peter Simonischek and German actress Sandra Hüller in this comedy-drama where a father tries to connect with his adult daughter, who is pursuing a career is business consulting and is currently working in Romania.

Toni Erdmann has received positive reviews since its release in Germany on July 14th, 2016. As well as the FIPRESCI Grand Prix for the best film of the year, the film also received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

It’s great to see films of other nationalities welcomed so openly and with such critical acclaim. With the spectacular Mad Max: Fury Road last year, it was a difficult feat to match the high calibre of this film, but Toni Erdmann has achieved that perfectly, so we send massive congratulations to Maren Ade and her team.

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