Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread Photo: Laurie Sparham/Focus Features
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).