Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys, previewed at the Cannes Film Festival, has won the Michel d’Ornano prize at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival. Les Cowboys, starring François Damiens and John C Reilly, is Bidegain’s first time behind the camera. He is better known as a scriptwriter most notably with director Jacques Audiard on a number of his highly acclaimed films including Un Prophète (A Prophet) De Rouille et d”Os (Rust and Bone) and Dheepan which won the top prize in Cannes back in May.
Read French Cinema Review’s exclusive interview with Les Cowboys actress, Antonia Campbell Hughes.
The Prix Michel d’Ornano is the only prize given to a French film at Deauville. Previous winners have included Guillaume Gallienne’s Les Garcons et Guillaume à Table and Jeanne Herry’s Elle l’adore.The winner of the festival’s Grand Prize was 99 Homes directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Andrew Garfield.
Cinema stars from both sides of the Atlantic turned out in force to attend this increasingly popular festival on the French Normandy coast including Keanu Reeves, Orlando Bloom, Michael Bay, Sir Ian McKellen and Patricia Clarkson.