French critics crown Fatima
by Fabien Lemercier
- Philippe Faucon’s work has won the title of Best French Film of the Year, while The Wakhan Front has been awarded Best Debut Feature
The French Union of Critics has handed out its awards for 2015. Best French Film of the Year went to Fatima [+see also:
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile] by Philippe Faucon, unveiled in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and produced by Istiqlal Films with partners including Arte France Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, the CNC’s advance on receipts and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Distributed by Pyramide (which is also in charge of the international sales), the feature (which has racked up four nominations for the upcoming César Awards, including in the categories of Best Film and Best Actress, for Soria Zeroual) has already taken 300,000 admissions in French theatres.
In the Best Foreign Film category, the critics singled out Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, which is still in the running for the imminent Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film and was distributed in France by Ad Vitam, totalling 200,000 admissions (its international sales are managed by Films Distribution).
The Best French Debut Feature Award was taken home by another film that was revealed on the Croisette, in the Critics’ Week: The Wakhan Front [+see also:
film profile] by Clément Cogitore (staged by Kazak Productions with Belgian outfit Tarantula and the CNC’s advance on receipts – distributed in France by Diaphana – international sales by Indie Sales). Meanwhile, the Best Foreign Debut Feature Award was bestowed upon Titli by Kanu Behl.
The list of the recipients of the awards handed out by the French Union of Critics, in the cinema category, is rounded off by the Best Unusual French-language Film Award, which went to Portrait of the Artist [+see also:
film profile] by Antoine Barraud (produced by House On Fire – distributed in France by Epicentre Films – sold by Reel Suspects), and the Best Short Film Award, which was won by Monsters Turn into Lovers by Yann Delattre (produced by Stromboli Films).
(Translated from French)