04 December, 2009

European Film Academy Critics' Award 2009: Prix FIPRESCI

Prix FIPRESCI goes to Andrzej Wajda

The European Film Academy, EFA Productions, and the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI have announced that the Prix Fipresci goes to Andrzej Wajda, for Tatarak (Sweet Rush) (2009).

As FIPRESCI's General Secretary Klaus Eder explained: "For we critics it is without doubt a big pleasure to honour Wajda, who wrote European film history already with his first films ( A Generation (1955), Kanal (1957), Ashes and Diamonds (1958)) and who has influenced generations of filmmakers. We are therefore pleased and honoured to show him all our respect as critics. Our award also honours his latest film Tatarak. It's not at all what you would call a 'later work' - on the contrary, it is the film of a young spirit, with which Wajda in a risky and courageous way undertakes to open new and very personal perspectives for the European authors' cinema of today."

Andrzej Wajda will be attending the 22nd European Film Awards Ceremony on 12 December in Bochum to accept the award on stage.

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