The Fam triumphs at the Namur International French-Language Film Festival
- The Frédéric Baillif film won the Bayard d'Or as well as the Agnès prize at the 36th edition of the event
The 36th Namur International French-Language Film Festival ended this weekend with the announcement of its prize list, which honoured the film by Swiss director Frédéric Baillif, The Fam [+see also:
interview: Fred Baillif
film profile], discovered last winter at the Berlinale, in the Generation section. This social drama follows the journey of teenage girls placed in a foster home, a family environment, but marked by a retrograde institution. Present in Namur for the ceremony, the director explained that he had to change the foster home for the shooting at the last moment, and therefore also had to find new heroines since many of them are real young girls he met there. He underlined the harshness of a system against which he wanted to react by making this film, which also received the Agnès prize, the award for egalitarian imagination, which rewards a filmmaker whose work bears witness to an egalitarian, original and innovative artistic approach.
The Special Jury Prize went to Întregalde [+see also:
interview: Radu Muntean
film profile] by Radu Muntean, a director who has often been featured at the festival, having won the Bayard d'Or in 2010 for Tuesday, After Christmas [+see also:
interview: Radu Muntean
film profile], and the Jury Prize already in 2006 for The Paper Will Be Blue.
The Bayard for Best Performance went to French actress Mélanie Thierry for Fabien Gorgeart's La Vraie famille, while the Best Cinematography Award went to Mathieu Laverdière for the film Souterrain, by Quebecer Sophie Dupuis.
Belgian cinema also did well, as Rachel Lang's second feature film Our Men [+see also:
interview: Rachel Lang
film profile] won the Bayard for Best Screenplay and the Critics' Prize; Patric Jean's essay film La Mesure des choses won a special mention from the Jury; and Aya [+see also:
interview: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
film profile], Simon Coulibaly Gillard's first feature film selected in the First Work Competition, won the Best Performance Award in this section for the young Marie-Josée Kokora, as well as the Cinevox Award.
The full list of winners is below:
Bayard for Best Cinematography
Mathieu Laverdière - Souterrain (Canada)
Bayard for Best Performance
Mélanie Thierry - La Vraie famille (France)
Théodore Pellerin - Souterrain (Canada)
The Fam - Frédéric Baillif (Switzerland)
Jury Special Mention
La Mesure des choses - Patric Jean (Belgium/France)
First Film Competition
Best Performance Award
Marie-Josée Kokora- Aya (Belgium/France)
Petit Agnès Prize
Neptune Frost - Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman (Rwanda/United States)
Aya - Simon Coulibaly Gillard
The Divide - Catherine Corsini
Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature
Freda - Gessica Généus
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Les Mots de la fin - Gaëlle Hardy, Agnès Lejeune (Belgium)
(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)
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