Just a few hours before the announcement of this year’s Cannes Palme d’Or, the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) has presented “Leila’s Brothers” with its International Critics’ Award for the best film in the main Cannes competition.
The title is sharp. Leila has four brothers, but it’s Leila, played by Iranian star Taraneh Alidoosti (“The Salesman”), who dominates the action and fights to save her family from collapse, with tragic consequences.
“With overlapping dialogue, suffocating social situations, and shifting viewpoints, Roustaee’s style is a marked departure from the straight-forward, focused Iranian films that have hitherto found their way into the world, be it the fairytale tales of Majidi or the intimate dramas of Farhadi, whose relative simplicity makes them uniquely suited for international consumption,” diversity is Peter Debruge wrote in a review of Roustace’s first film Cannes, best known for the 2019 cop thriller Just 6.5.
The Fipresci jury, led by Egyptian Ahmed Shawky, praised “Leila’s Brothers” for “the director’s ability to craft a compelling story, very close to cultural insight, to depict a microcosm of dysfunctional patriarchy and to freely – and joyfully – move between the… change tones”. said in a statement.
Among others, Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan won Best Picture in Un Certain Regard; and Loving Dalva, directed by Emmanuelle Nicot, was selected by the Fipresci Jury as Best Picture in either Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.
The critically acclaimed The Blue Caftan sensitively explores the tragedy of a married man who has repressed his homosexuality while boldly taking a stand against homophobia in Morocco.
“Homosexuality is illegal in Morocco and I have no words to describe how it makes me feel. As a person, I can’t accept that,” Touzani said diversity.
The Fipresci jury said their award was “for bravery. The director was brave enough to focus on the secretive homosexuality of a married man in Morocco. Through her work, she knows how to show us the world and the sad reality of a nation that loves her dearly.”
The Fipresci Award for Loving Dalva is the third praise in three days for the drama about a 12-year-old girl raised in foster care, after winning the Louis Roederer Foundation’s Rising Star Award for Zelda Samson at the Critics ‘ Week Awards on Wednesday.
The film is a “well-crafted narrative of a teenage girl’s return to normal life against incest and pedophilia in a gentle and subtle way,” noted the Fipresci jury.
FIPRESCI INTERNATIONAL CRITIC AWARD, CANNES 2022
“Leila’s Brothers” (Saeed Roustace, Iran)
“The Blue Caftan” (Maryam Touzani, Morocco, France, Denmark, Belgium)
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT/CRITICS’ WEEK
“Love to Dalva”, Emmanuelle Nicot, Belgium, France)
https://variety.com/2022/awards/markets-festivals/fipresci-prizes-leilas-brothers-blue-caftan-1235280458/ “Leila’s Brothers”, “The Blue Kaftan”, “Dalva”: Fipresci Awards Cannes