The Worst Ones reigns triumphant in Angoulême
- This first feature by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret scooped the Diamond Valois, while Léopold Legrand’s Le sixième enfant won itself four awards and Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan bagged two
Already rewarded with the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 75th Cannes Festival back in May, The Worst Ones [+see also:
interview: Romane Gueret and Lise Akoka
film profile] by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret has triumphed in the 15th Angoulême French-Language Film Festival (FFA), walking away with the Diamond Valois as decided upon by a jury presided over by André Dussollier. This debut feature is sold worldwide by Pyramide who will also be distributing the movie in French cinemas from 30 November.
Another film unveiled on the Croisette within the Un Certain Regard section stands tall among the festival champions, namely The Blue Caftan [+see also:
film profile] by Maryam Touzani which earned itself the Best Film Direction and Best Actor Valois awards (the latter for Saleh Bakri). This feature film sold by Films Boutique is set to be distributed in France by Ad Vitam.
An impressive haul of four trophies was carted away by Léopold Legrand’s Le sixième enfant [+see also:
film profile], which won the Valois for Best Screenplay (as penned by the director and Catherine Paillé, based upon Alain Jaspard’s novel Pleurer des rivières), Best Music (as composed by Louis Sclavis) and Best Actress (shared between Sara Giraudeau and Judith Chemla), not to mention the Audience Award. This feature is sold by Pyramide, who are also distributing the movie in French cinemas from 28 September.
Attention should likewise be drawn to the Special Mention Acting Award bestowed upon Kelly Depeault for her role in the Quebecker film Noémie dit oui by Geneviève Albert, which also bagged the French-Speaking Students Valois.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Valois for Best Music
Louis Sclavis - Le sixième enfant
Valois for Best Actor
Saleh Bakri – The Blue Caftan
Valois for Best Actress
Sara Giraudeau and Judith Chemla - Le sixième enfant
Kelly Depeault - Noémie dit oui by Geneviève Albert (Canada)
Valois Audience Award
Le sixième enfant - Léopold Legrand
French-Speaking Students Valois
Noémie dit oui - Geneviève Albert
René Laloux Valois for Best Animated Short
Les larmes de la Seine - Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer and Alice Letailleur (France)
(Translated from French)
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