The French critics crown BPM (Beats Per Minute)
by Fabien Lemercier
- Robin Campillo’s latest outing has won the title of Best French Film of the Year, while Raw snagged Best Debut Feature
Last night, the French Union of Critics handed out its awards for 2017. At the ceremony, Best French Film of the Year went to BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
interview: Arnaud Valois
interview: Robin Campillo
film profile] by Robin Campillo, the winner of the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Produced by Hugues Charbonneau and Marie-Ange Luciani for Les Films de Pierre, the feature was co-produced by Page 114, France 3 Cinéma, Memento Films Production and FD Productions. As well as being pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, it was backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts and the Centre region. Sold by Playtime, the film, which looks to be the favourite for the upcoming César Awards (the nominations for which will be made public on Wednesday 31 January), has racked up 813,000 admissions in French cinemas (courtesy of Memento Films Distribution).
In the Best Foreign Film category, the critics singled out another Cannes award winner: Loveless [+see also:
interview: Andrey Zvyagintsev
film profile] by Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev (sold by Wild Bunch, 212,000 admissions in France, via Pyramide).
The Best French Debut Feature Award was taken home by another film that was revealed on the Croisette: Raw [+see also:
interview: Julia Ducournau
film profile] by Julia Ducournau (unveiled in the 2016 Critics’ Week, sold by Wild Bunch, which also distributed it in France, where it racked up almost 150,000 admissions). As for Best Foreign Debut Feature, this was bestowed upon I Am Not a Witch [+see also:
interview: Rungano Nyoni
film profile] by Zambia’s Rungano Nyoni (which was premiered last May in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight; sold by Kinology and distributed in France by Pyramide, taking a total of 33,000 admissions).
The list of the recipients of the awards handed out by the French Union of Critics (in the film category) is rounded off by the Best Unusual French-language Film Award, which went to Va, Toto! [+see also:
film profile] by Pierre Creton (produced by Andolfi), and the Best Short Film Award, which was pocketed by Des hommes à la mer by Lorris Coulon (produced by Offshore).
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best French Short Film
Des hommes à la mer - Lorris Coulon
Best French Fiction
A Bright Blue Sky - Nicolas Boukhrief
Best French Documentary
Un Français nommé Gabin – Yves Jeuland and François Aymé
Best French Series
Manon, 20 Years – Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
(Translated from French)
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