TEHRAN, Nov. 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- U.S.-based Iranian filmmaker Ramin Bahrani's Man Push Cart won the 8th FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the 49th London Film Festival which was held from October 19 to November 3.
Starring Ahmad Razvai, Leticia Dolera, and Charles Daniel Sandoval, the film features a distinctive character study of a hard working Pakistani trying to keep his head above water in New York.
Bahrani received his award during the Closing Night Gala held at London's Leicester Square on November 3.
FIPRESCI (La Fédération International de la Presse Cinématographique) is the international organization of film critics throughout the world and has been in existence for over 70 years.
Last year's prize was awarded to "Aaltra". The FIPRESCI award is presented to the best first or second feature from titles nominated in The Times bfi London Film Festival.
FIPRESCI is best known publicly through the participation of its juries at all the major and many of the specialist international film festivals. The award is also known as the International Critics Award and is highly prized by filmmakers, since its sole purpose is to advance the art of cinema and reward talent. Many prizes are awarded at film festivals by juries but the FIPRESCI prize is quite unique since the jury only makes one award to one film.
A total of 12 films were nominated for this year's FIPRESCI prize.
More than 180 films from 50 countries were shown at this year's festival.
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