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SAN SEBASTIÁN 2015 France

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Three aces for Les Films du Worso

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- SAN SEBASTIÁN 2015: Sylvie Pialat’s company is basking in the glory of three awards at San Sebastián, for Evolution and The White Knights

Three aces for Les Films du Worso
Lucile Hadzihalilovic with her Special Jury Prize

With its six awards, French film production has taken the lion’s share of the accolades on the prize list of the 63rd San Sebastián Film Festival. And half of these trophies have ended up in Les Films du Worso’s lap. Indeed, Sylvie Pialat’s company, which has been enjoying something of a boom period for the last two years (particularly with Timbuktu [+see also:
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, The Nun [+see also:
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, Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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, Valley of Love [+see also:
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, and minority co-productions such as Rabin, The Last Day [+see also:
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, The Treasure [+see also:
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and Jauja [+see also:
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), produced Evolution [+see also:
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by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, which pulled off a rather handsome double win at San Sebastián, snagging the Special Jury Prize and the Best Cinematography Award (for Manu Dacosse). Penned by the director together with Alanté Kavaïté, the movie was co-produced by Noodles Production, Belgium and Spain. It will be distributed in France from 17 February 2016 by Potemkine Films and is sold internationally by Wild Bunch.

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Les Films du Worso also produced the 50/50 Belgian-French feature The White Knights [+see also:
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by Joachim Lafosse (starring Vincent Lindon and Louise Bourgoin in the lead roles), which bagged the Silver Shell for Best Director. The feature will be released in France on 20 January 2016 by Le Pacte and is sold abroad by Indie Sales.

Indie Sales is returning from San Sebastián with another award, as the French international sales agent’s slate also includes The New Kid [+see also:
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by Rudi Rosenberg, which took home the Best Film Award in the New Directors section. Produced by Eric Juherian and Mathias Rubin for Récifilms, this feature debut will be distributed in France on 23 December by Mars Films.

French film production is also present on the awards list with the Best Screenplay Award handed to brothers Jean-Marie and Arnaud Larrieu for their larger-than-life 21 Nights with Pattie [+see also:
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. Produced by Bruno Pésery for Arena Films and by Francis Boespflug for Pyramide Productions, the film will hit French screens on 25 November, courtesy of Pyramide. Its international sales are handled by Pathé.

Lastly, a minority French co-production was singled out with a Special Mention: The Apostate [+see also:
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by Federico Veiroj (co-produced by La Vie Est Belle Films Associés and Local Films, with Spain and Uruguay).

(Translated from French)

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