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Mustang wins the race at the Lumière Awards

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- Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s film has taken home four trophies, including Best Film, while Vincent Lindon and Catherine Frot were crowned in the acting categories

Mustang wins the race at the Lumière Awards
Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Handed out to the very best artists in the world of French and French-language film by foreign journalists working in Paris, much like the Golden Globes, the 21st Lumière Awards were given out last night and served to confirm the supremacy of Mustang [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile
]
by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which won out in four categories: Best Film, Best Debut Film, Best New Actress (for its five young leads) and Best Cinematography (forDavid Chizallet, who was also nominated for two other works). Interestingly, it was the film’s producer, Charles Gillibert (CG Cinéma), and its co-writer, Alice Winocour, who went up on stage to receive the awards on behalf of the director and the young actresses, who are currently in full campaigning mode in California for the upcoming Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film, for which Mustang is still in the running (read the news).

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As for the actors, it was the favourites who were crowned with the prizes, with the Lumière Awards for Best Actress and Best Actor going to Catherine Frot for Marguerite [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Xavier Giannoli
film profile
]
, and Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Stéphane Brizé
film profile
]
and Diary of a Chambermaid [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, respectively.

Standing out among the other winners were Arnaud Desplechin (Best Director for My Golden Days [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) and Philippe Faucon (Best Screenplay for Fatima [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
). The evening was also tinged with emotion for the young Rod Paradot (Best New Actor for Standing Tall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
film profile
]
) and was marked by a special tribute to Isabelle Huppert, the guest of honour at this edition of the Lumières. We might add that the list of winners at this edition has delivered some interesting hints as to who might be in with a chance at the upcoming César Awards (read the news).

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2016 Lumière Awards:

Best Film
Mustang [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile
]
- Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Best Director
Arnaud Desplechin - My Golden Days [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Best Actress
Catherine Frot - Marguerite [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Xavier Giannoli
film profile
]

Best Actor
Vincent Lindon – The Measure of a Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Stéphane Brizé
film profile
]
and Diary of a Chambermaid [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]

Best Screenplay
Philippe Faucon - Fatima [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]

Best New Actress
Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit Işcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu and Ilayda Akdoğan – Mustang

Best New Actor
Rod Paradot - Standing Tall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
film profile
]

Best Debut Film
Mustang - Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Best Cinematography
David Chizallet - Mustang, Les Anarchistes [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, I Am a Soldier [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Laurent Larivière
film profile
]

Best Music
Grégoire Hetzel - Summertime [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and My Golden Days

Best Documentary
The Pearl Button [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Patricio Guzmán and The Missing Picture [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Rithy Panh

Best French-language Film (outside France)
Much Loved [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Nabil Ayouch (France, Morocco)

(Translated from French)

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