Music is the food of Auxerre
The French-Lebanese film The Kite was the winner of the 4th edition of the Auxerre International Festival of Music and Cinema. The feature film by Randa Chahal Sabbag can now add this “Golden Key” given for its music, composed by Ziad Rahbani, to the Grand Jury Prize it was awarded at the Venice Film Festival.
The Kite is a majority French production by Humbert Balsan for Ognon Pictures. It’s a love story, told with a touch of irony, set on the Israeli Lebanese border, after the 1967 war.
The other award winners at Auxerre include the director, Ladislas Starewitch, for the French film, Contes de l’horloge magique (a co-production between Forum des Images – Léona Béatrice, Martin Starewitch - Gébéka Films), who won a Special Prize, and the audience also voted to give the film the Public Prize. The jury was led by the Belgium filmmaker Gérard Corbiau also gave a further music prize to the documentary Alias Akhenaton del by the French director, Kamel Salel, while the Biggest Box Office Success went to the French film, Taxi 3.
During the event there was a retrospective dedicated to the director Jean Paul Rappeneau, (Bon voyage [+see also:
film profile]), and another featuring the composer Maurice Jarre, who was also given a lifetime achievement Trophy.
(Translated from French)
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