Alain Attal voted French Producer of the Year
by Fabien Lemercier
- The head of Trésor Films has won the Daniel Toscan du Plantier Award for a successful 2018 fuelled by titles such as Sink or Swim and In Safe Hands
Alain Attal, who manages Paris-based outfit Trésor Films, has won the 12th Daniel Toscan du Plantier Award handed out by the Academy of Film Arts and Techniques to acknowledge the best producer of 2018. He thus follows in the footsteps of last year’s victors, Marie-Ange Luciani and Hugues Charbonneau (of Les Films de Pierre).
Attal, who has a total of around 30 features under his belt, enjoyed a particularly fruitful 2018, with two movies that found favour with audiences and critics alike: Sink or Swim [+see also:
film profile] by Gilles Lellouche (4.2 million admission in France, an out-of-competition premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and ten nominations for the César Awards – most notably in the categories of Best Film and Best Director – which are due to be handed out this Friday) and In Safe Hands [+see also:
film profile] by Jeanne Herry (834,000 viewers in France, seven nominations for the César Awards, again including Best Film and Best Director, and also with two nods in the Best Actress category; the film recently earned Élodie Bouchez the international press’s Lumières Award in the same category).
Tomorrow, Trésor Films is bringing out The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
film profile] by Antonin Baudry in French theatres, and currently has Nous finirons ensemble by Guillaume Canet (see the article – set to go on general release in France on 1 May 2019) and The Translators by Régis Roinsard (see the article) in post-production.
Interestingly, Alain Attal (who was keen to share his victory with Hugo Sélignac, of Chi-Fou-Mi Productions) has won the second Daniel Toscan du Plantier Award of his career, after previously scooping the prize in 2012. He is thus neck and neck on the winners’ list with Sylvie Pialat (of Les Films du Worso) and Grégoire Sorlat (of Why Not), who have also tasted victory twice, while the grand record holder is still Pascal Caucheteux (of Why Not), with three of the prizes in his trophy cabinet.
(Translated from French)
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