Franco-Mauritanian film Timbuktu directed by Abderrahmane Sissako won the Prix Lumière for Best Film on Monday night at a ceremony dubbed the French Golden Globes. The international press based in Paris also awarded Sissako the Best Director prize. Timbuktu faced stiff competiton for best filim including Celine Sciamma’s Bande de Filles and Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello.
But Bonello did not go home empty-handed. Gaspard Ulliel took the Best Actor award for his portrayal of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent while Sciamma’s film was awarded a special prize by the Académie des Prix Lumières jury.
Elsewhere Karin Viard won Best Actress for her roles in both La Famille Bélier directed by Eric Lartigau and Solveig Anspach’s Lulu Femme Nue. Louane Emera recieved the Best Female Newcomer award for La Famille Bélier and Best Male Newcomer went to Kevin Azais for his role in Les Combattants. This film was also awarded the prize for Best First Film.
The huge box-office success of 2014 with over 12 million admissions, Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu?, garnered the Best Screenplay prize for director Philippe de Chauveron and his co-writer Guy Laurent. And Best Cinematography went to A la vie directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann.