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Leviathan and Ma belle gosse awarded in Belfort

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- Grand Prize for Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s documentary and Best French Film for Shalimar Preuss’ feature debut

Leviathan and Ma belle gosse awarded in Belfort

Co-produced by France (Arrête ton cinéma), the United Kingdom, and the United States, Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Leviathan (photo) has won the 2012 Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at the demanding EntreVues - Belfort International Film Festival. This documentary, that made its debut in the competition in Locarno, centres on the confrontation between man, nature, and machine in the waters where Melville’s Pequod chased Moby Dick.

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Best French Film was awarded to Shalimar Preuss’s Ma belle gosse, an Ecce Films production. Starring Lou Aziosmanoff, Jocelyn Lagarrigue, and Victor Laforge, this feature debut follows a 17-year-old girl on summer holiday on an island, between her room and the beach, her father and her cousins, home and, very soon, prison.

The Audience Award went to Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude’s Everybody In Our Family [+see also:
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, whose actress Mihaela Sirbu also received the Janine Bazin award for Best Young Actor or Actress. Finally, in the short film category, both the jury and the audience awarded the same title: Justine Triet’s Vilaine fille mauvais garçon.

The “Films en cours” (lit. “Films under construction”) award (for international first, second, and third features at the end of the image editing phase) was awarded to Nicola Sornaga’s Monsieur Morimoto (produced by Tricycle , Chaya Films, Les Productions du sommeil, Les Films de la Jetée, and Ecce Films).

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(Translated from French)

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