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Cannes Film Festival 2019: ‘The Lighthouse’ wins Fipresci award

  • Published at 12:56 am May 26th, 2019
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in "The Lighthouse"| IMDB

The award was announced on Saturday at the festival by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci)

Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, has won the Cannes Film Festival critics’ award for best first or second feature in Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week, reports the Variety.

The award was announced on Saturday at the festival by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).

Fipresci also awarded Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” as the best film in competition and Russian Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole” as best film in the sidebar Un Certain Regard.

This year's jury was presided over by Paulo Portugal, a critic from Portugal's Correio de Manha, Premiere and GQ. The jury was rounded out with eight critics from around the world, including the US, France, Israel and Bangladesh.

This year Dhaka Tribune Showtime Editor Sadia Khalid Reeti represented the country as a jury member of Fipresci. 

Sadia informed us that the producer of "The Lighthouse" received the award. Also, director Robert Eggers had sent the jury a voice message to express his gratitude to the jury panel. 

“Two lead actors give stormy, career best performances. A celebration of language, both cinematically and linguistically — an old Irish poem of desire & greed. A brutal work of art, all shot in beautiful black and white-cinematography and fuelled by a sounds cape that echoes like a foghorn,” the critics said in a written statement. 

The first awards of the Cannes Film Festival were given by the critics’ right before the closing ceremony at Palais de Festival.