Phantom Thread wins FIPRESCI Grand Prix

Paul Thomas Anderson scores hat-trick with critics

by Amber Wilkinson

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread
Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread Photo: Laurie Sparham/Focus Features
Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps, has been announced as the winner in the annual FIPRESCI Grand Prix, voted on by critics across the globe.

The director is the first to score a hat-trick of winners from the International Federation of Film Critics, having previously won the prize for Magnolia in 2000 and There Will Be Blood in 2008.

The director will receive the award for the film - which tells the story of a fastidious dressmaker's love affair with a wilful younger woman - on September 21 at the opening ceremony of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Paul Thomas Anderson has become the first filmmaker to win the FIPRESCI Grand Prix three times, as Phantom Thread was chosen best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, after "Magnolia" in 2000 and "There Will Be Blood" in 2008. The award will be presented on the 21st of September, during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastián International Film Festival.

The award was voted on by 473 critics, with Phantom Thread winning out over fellow finalists, Lucrecia Martel's Zama, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War (Zimna Wojna).

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