Camélia Jordan and Vincent Macaigne in Emmanuel Mouret’s award-winning Love Affair(s) Photo: Moby Dick Films
Mouret continues his exploration of the trials and tribulations of the heart, soul and passion in a series of inter-linked tales featuring such acting talent as Vincent Macaigne, Camélia Jordana, Emilie Duquenne, Guillaume Gouix and Niels Schneider.
Emmanuel Mouret, director of best film in Lumière Awards Photo: UniFrance
Stéphane Demoustier was named for screenplay for The Girl with A Bracelet, a gripping courtroom drama with Roschdy Zem and Chiara Mastroianni.
A documentary about undue force allegedly used by the police The Monopoly Of Violence by David Dufresne which makes a timely appearance, was recognised as best documentary.
A debut feature Josep by celebrated cartoonist Aurel won two awards for best animation and best music [for Silvia Pérez Cruz].
The best actress award in what are often seen as France’s answer to the Golden Globes was shared by Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa for The Two of Us / Deux which has been chosen as France’s Oscar submission. Director Filippo Meneghetti who looks at the relationship between two women of a certain age who try to keep their love affair secret from family and friends, was recognised for best first film.
Tunisian-French actor Sami Bouajila took home the best actor Lumiere Award for his performance in Mehdi Barsaoui’s A Son while Tunisian film-maker Kaouther Ben Hania’s The Man Who Sold his Skin received the International Coproduction Lumiere Award. Bouajila’s prize for A Son adds to his accomplished decades-long film career, which includes award-winning performances in films including Days of Glory (2006) and The Witnesses (2008).
Louis Garrel and Maïwenn in DNA - the actress won best director award Photo: UniFrance
The deliberations of the 123 voting members from 36 countries were led by American journalist Lisa Nesselson, president of the Académie des Lumières.
The Lumière awards in full:
- Best Film: Love Affair(s) by Emmanuel Mouret
- Best Director: Maïwenn for DNA
- Best Screenplay: Stéphane Demoustier for The Girl With A Bracelet
- Best Documentary: The Monopoly Of Violence by David Dufresne
- Best Animated Film: Josep by Aurel
- Best Actress: Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa in Two Of Us
- Best Actor: Sami Bouajila in A Son
- Most Promising Actress: Noée Abita in Slalom
- Most Promising Actor: Félix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin in Summer of 85
- Best First Film: Two of Us by Filippo Meneghetti
- Best International Co-production: The Man Who Sold His Skin by Kaouther Ben Hania
- Best Director of Photography: Hichame Alaouié for Summer Of 85
- Best Music: Silvia Pérez Cruz for Josep