FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2007-8 : Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’

There Will Be Blood Wins Grand Prix of FIPRESCI
Paul Thomas Anderson Receives the Prize in San Sebastian
 The choice was unmistakable among the 242 members of FIPRESCI who sent in their votes from all over the world: Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood was voted Best Film of the Year, and is therefore the winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2008. The US filmmaker will receive the award on September 18th, during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian Festival, hosts the Grand Prix since its creation in 1999. Paul Thomas Anderson had already received the Grand Prix in 2000, for Magnolia. Jean-Luc Godard, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Kim Ki-Duk and Cristian Mungiu are some of the other recipients of this award created by FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, to distinguish a film from the past year for its overall artistic quality. "There Will Be Blood" will be shown during the San Sebastian Festival at a special screening.   
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TOP 20
1.  (3.25) There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson) [7/10]
2. (1.88) La graine et le mulet (Abdellatif Kechiche)
                     Couscous aka The Secret of the Grain [7/10]
3. (1.42) Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg) [6/10]
4. (1.36) Entre les murs (Laurent Cantet) The Class
5. (1.20) I'm Not There (Todd Haynes) [4/10]
6. (1.17) Into the Wild (Sean Penn)
7. (1.14) Gomorra (Matteo Garrone) Gomorrah
8. (1.00) Se, jie (Ang Lee) Lust, Caution
9. (0.82) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
                 
(Andrew Dominik) [8/10]
10. (0.80) Uc maymun (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) Three Monkeys

11. (0.79) Le silence de Lorna (J-P & L Dardenne) Lorna's Silence
12. (0.72) Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
13. (0.68) Redacted (Brian De Palma) [1?/10]
14. (0.65) Changeling (Clint Eastwood) aka The Exchange
15. (0.61) It's a Free World… (Ken Loach)
16. (0.57) Hunger (Steve McQueen)
17. (0.56) Delta (Kornel Mondruczo)
18. (0.56) Juno (Jason Reitman) [5/10]
19. (0.41) Il divo (Paolo Sorrentino)
20. (0.39) Of Time and the City (Terence Davies) [8/10]

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my ballot
1. casting a glance (James Benning) [10/10]
2. The Call of the Wild (Ron Lamothe) [9/10]
3. Profit motive and the whispering wind (John Gianvito) [9/10]

previous winners
1998/9 : All About My Mother (Pedro Almodovar) [9/10]
1999/2000 : Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson) [9/10]
2000/1 : The Circle (Jafar Panahi) [6/10]
2001/2 : The Man Without a Past (Aki Kaurismaki) [8/10]
2002/3 : Uzak (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) [8/10]
2003/4 : Notre musique (Jean-Luc Godard) [4/10]
2004/5 : 3-Iron (KIM Ki-Duk) [8/10]
2005/6 : Volver (Pedro Almodovar) [9/10]
2006/7 : 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu) [8/10]

recent top fives
2006/7
  1 (2.93) 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Mungiu)
  2 (2.29) The Queen (Frears)
  3 (2.19) Letters from Iwo Jima (Eastwood)
  4 (1.62) Still Life (Jia)
  5 (1.50) Syndromes and a Century (Weerasethakul)

2005/6
  1 Volver (Almodovar)
  2 Good Night, and Good Luck. (Clooney)
  3 Brokeback Mountain (Lee)
  4 The New World (Malick)
  5 Babel (Inarritu)

2004/5
  1 (2.82) 3-Iron (Kim)
  2 (2.63) Million Dollar Baby (Eastwood)
  3 (1.89) Hidden (Haneke)
  4 (1.50) Vera Drake (Leigh)
  5 (1.32) The Sea Inside (Amenabar)

2003/4
  1 Notre Musique (Godard)
  2 Lost In Translation (Coppola)
  3 The Return (Zyvagintsev)
  4 Bad Education (Almodovar)
  5 Good Bye, Dragon Inn (Tsai)

2002/3
  1 Distant (Ceylan)
  2 Far From Heaven (Haynes)
  3 Dogville (von Trier)
  4 Oasis (Lee)
  5 Dolls (Takeshi)