The youngest film of Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”, by the International Federation of film critics (FIPRESCI) voted the best film of the year. For Anderson, it is already the third time that he toponderscheiding is honored, after the “Magnolia” in 2000 and “There Will Be Blood” in 2008. The filmmaker will receive the award during the opening ceremony of the film festival of San Sebastian, on 21 september.
The film was chosen by an international panel of 473 film critics, who were allowed to choose from the films that after July 2017 premiere are gone. “Phantom Thread” went “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Martin McDonagh, “Cold War” of the Pole Pawel Pawlikowski (winner of the Palm for the director in Cannes) and “Zama” of the Argentine Lucrecia Martel in advance.
“Phantom Thread” is the afscheidsfilm of actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who in the slow and almost gebeurtenisloze movie a narcissistic fashion designer plays as a confirmed bachelor, living with his equally sour sister, up over the ears in love with the beautiful waitress, Alma, role of Vicky Krieps. The film must above all have the restrained performances, the stunning cinematography and the picturesque landscape. The film gained six Oscarnominaties, but knew not a single nomination to redeem.
The big prize of the FIPRESCI in 1999 set. Previous winners include, among others, Michael Haneke, Richard Linklater, Pedro Almodovar, Jean-Luc Godard, Cristian Mungiu, George Miller, Jafar Panahi, and – as the only woman up to now – the German Maren Ade (for “Toni Erdmann”). Last year the prize went to the Finnish cult filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki for his cynical migrantenfilm “The Other Side of Hope”.