The Louis-Delluc Prize goes to Fatima
by Fabien Lemercier
- Philippe Faucon’s feature has been crowned Best French Film of the Year, while The Great Game was victorious in the debut films category
Handed out by a jury of critics and key figures from the seventh art, under the chairmanship of Gilles Jacob, the 2015 Louis-Delluc Prize for Best French Film of the Year has been bestowed upon Fatima [+see also:
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile] by Philippe Faucon. Unveiled at the Directors’ Fortnight, the ninth feature by the filmmaker, whose movies have already passed through the showcases of several major festivals (L'Amour in a parallel section at Cannes in 1990, Samia in a parallel section at Venice in 2000, The Betrayal [+see also:
film profile] and Dans la vie [+see also:
film profile] at Toronto in 2005 and 2007, La Désintégration [+see also:
film profile] out of competition at Venice in 2011) is a loose adaptation of two works by Fatima Elayoubi. Revolving around the topic of integration through a look at a first-generation immigrant and her two daughters, and their place in French society, the film stars Soria Zeroual, Zita Henrot and Kenza Noah Aïche. Produced by Istiqlal Films, it was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and Canada, with support from the CNC’s advance on receipts and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. International sales are handled by Pyramide, which also managed the distribution of the movie in French theatres, where it took a total of 251,000 admissions.
The Louis-Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film went to The Great Game [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Pariser. Revealed in the Filmmakers of the Present section of Locarno, the feature, which skilfully unfurls its plot in the world of secret machinations and deals to bring about political disinformation, stars Melvil Poupaud and André Dussollier. Produced by Bizibi and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, it is being sold abroad by Bac Films, which released it in French cinemas yesterday.
(Translated from French)