Dog wins big at the Namur Film Festival
by Aurore Engelen
- The new film by French director Samuel Benchetrit, starring Vincent Macaigne, Bouli Lanners and Vanessa Paradis, wound up with three awards in its pocket
On Friday, Samuel Benchetrit’s movie Dog [+see also:
film profile] won the Bayard d'Or for Best Film during the closing ceremony of the 32nd edition of the Namur International French-Language Film Festival.
Dog paints an uncompromising portrait of a man on the road to ruin. Jacques Blanchot loses everything: his wife, his house and his job. He gradually becomes a stranger to the world around him, until one day the manager of a pet shop takes him in. Dog is a gloomy and hopeless farce, in which the hero, played by Vincent Macaigne, chooses to renounce his humanity. As a matter of fact, this role also earned the actor the Bayard for Best Actor, and the movie also took home the Bayard for Best Screenplay. The Bayard for Best Actress was bestowed upon Quebecois actress Camille Mongeau for Tadoussac by Martin Laroche.
The jury also handed a Special Prize to the French-Congolese documentary Mama Colonel [+see also:
film profile] by Dieudo Hamadi. This shows that once again, the jury of the Namur Festival has really valued the documentary format in its winners’ list.
In the "Debut Fiction Film" competition, Les Bienheureux [+see also:
film profile] by Sofia Djama received the Bayard for Best Fiction Film, while Soldiers. Story from Ferentari [+see also:
interview: Ivana Mladenovic
film profile] by Ivana Mladenovic scooped the Discovery Award.
Here is the list of award-winning features:
Bayard for Best Screenplay
Dog - Samuel Benchetrit
Bayard for Best Actress
Camille Mongeau - Tadoussac (Canada)
Bayard for Best Actor
Vincent Macaigne – Dog
Critics’ Award – Belgian Feature Film
Drôle de Père - Amélie van Elmbt
BeTV Award – Feature Film
Bloody Milk - Hubert Charuel
(Translated from French)
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