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NAMUR 2015

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Samuel Collardey crowned once again by the Namur Film Festival

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- The French director has had a return to favour at the Namur International French-Language Film Festival, where he has won the Bayard d’Or for Best Film for Tempête

Samuel Collardey crowned once again by the Namur Film Festival
The team behind Tempête with their awards, flanked by Vanessa Paradis and Olivier Gourmet

The 30th edition of the Namur International French-Language Film Festival drew to a close on Friday by crowning Samuel Collardey’s Tempête [+see also:
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as the winner. The prize serves as a confirmation of the success story that is unfolding between the festival and the director, who won the Bayard d’Or for Best Short Film in 2005 with Sun in Winter, as well as two awards (the Special Jury Prize and the Best Debut Film Award) in 2008 for his feature debut, The Learner [+see also:
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, a naturalistic docudrama that follows a young boy’s year-long apprenticeship and learning process as he works on a farm. Once again, Samuel Collardey sublimates a particular device, consisting of making non-professional actors re-enact their own lives. This film stars Dominique Leborne, a trawler man in the town of Les Sables d’Olonnes who, following his divorce, has to face up to his paternal responsibilities and seriously consider putting a stop to his long-distance trips. Leborne, who was awarded for his performance at the most recent Venice Film Festival, also received the Bayard d’Or for Best Actor at Namur this weekend.

Among the other victors, we should point out the Jury Prize handed to the Belgian documentary Our City by Maria Tarantino, an ode to Brussels, as seen through the eyes of its inhabitants, in addition to the Special Mention awarded by the jury to another Belgian film, Welcome Home [+see also:
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, by Philippe de Pierpont. French director Philippe Claudel received the Bayard d’Or for Best Screenplay for his movie Childhood [+see also:
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, while Aferim! [+see also:
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interview: Radu Jude
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by Radu Jude snagged the Bayard d’Or for Best Cinematography. The Bayard d’Or for Best Actress, meanwhile, was bestowed upon Loubna Abidar for Much Loved [+see also:
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by Nabil Ayouch

The Bayard d’Or for Best Debut Film, handed out by a jury comprising young students, was given to the Tunisian film As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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interview: Leyla Bouzid
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by Leyla Bouzid, while The Wakhan Front [+see also:
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by Clément Cogitore pocketed the Discovery Award. Lastly, it is interesting to note that the day before the official ceremony, two Belgian feature debuts were also in the spotlight: Guillaume Senez’s Keeper [+see also:
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making of
interview: Guillaume Senez ­
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile
]
won the Critics’ Award, and Xavier Seron’s Je me tue à le dire [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Seron
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]
 bagged the Cinevox Award. 

(Translated from French)

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