The King reigns in Deauville prizes

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s jury gives top prize to rapper tale

by Richard Mowe

Down With The King stars rapper Freddie Gibbs
Down With The King stars rapper Freddie Gibbs Photo: Cannes ACID
The jury of the 47th edition of the Deauville Film Festival, presided over by Charlotte Gainsbourg, have awarded the top prize to Down With The King by Diego Ongaro.

Ongaro returned to the location of his first feature, Bob And The Trees, to make his second feature film which focuses on a famous rapper.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, president of the jury, hits the red carpet for the prizes ceremony at the Deauville Film Festival
Charlotte Gainsbourg, president of the jury, hits the red carpet for the prizes ceremony at the Deauville Film Festival Photo: Deauville Film Festival
Real-life rapper Freddie Gibbs makes his debut, playing Mercury Maxwell - a rapper who’s lost his taste for the game and has decamped from New York to The Berkshires. While Mercury considers quitting music to become a farmer, despite his despairing manager (David Krumholtz), he connects with a local woman, Michaele (Jamie Neumann).

The full list of winners is below:

Grand Prix

Down With The King by Diego Ongaro

Shared Jury prize

Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg


Red Rocket by Sean Baker

The Révélation jury headed by Clémence Poésy awarded the following prizes:

Prix Fondation Louis Roederer de la Révélation 2021

John And The Hole by Pascual Sisto

Audience award

Blue Bayou by Justin Chon

Critics’ Prize

Red Rocket by Sean Baker

Prix d’Ornano-Valenti 2021 (awarded by American journalists in France)

Les Magnetiques by Vincent Maël Cardona

Deauville Talent Award

Michael Shannon

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