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AWARDS France

Of Gods and Men crowned Best Film at Lumières

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The winning streak continues for Xavier Beauvois’s Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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, which took the Lumière Prize for Best French Film of 2010, awarded by foreign journalists based in Paris (see list of nominations).

The film, which won the Grand Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and is French entry in the nomination race for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, amassed 3.1m admissions in France. It also took home the Lumière for Best Actor (awarded, to everyone’s surprise, to Michael Lonsdale), and the Advanced Technical Image and Sound Commission (CST) Award for DoP Caroline Champetier.

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The other major winner at this 16th Lumière Awards was Roman Polanski, who was crowned Best Director and Best Screenwriter (along with Robert Harris) for The Ghost Writer [+see also:
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. The Lumière Academy also paid special tribute to the director for his 50-year-long career.

The Best Actress gong went to the UK’s Kristin Scott Thomas for Her Name Was Sarah [+see also:
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. Meanwhile, Best Female Newcomer and Best Male Newcomer were awarded to Yahima Torres (for Black Venus [+see also:
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) and Antonin Chalon (for No and Me [+see also:
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), respectively.

Finally, the award for Best Francophone Film (from outside France) went to Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s French/Belgian/Chadian co-production A Screaming Man [+see also:
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, while the TV5Monde Prize, awarded by delegate generals of Francophone festivals, was presented to Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse’s Illegal [+see also:
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(LUX Prize 2010 competition).

(Translated from French)

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