Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang wins Prix Lumières for Best Film

UnknownNominated for several awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the César for Best Director and Best Film, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang already has the Prix Lumières for Best Film under her belt. The Lumières awards which took place on 8th February are chosen by foreign press correspondants based in France and are considered to be the French equivalent of the Golden Globes,  Mustang also walked away with three other awards, Best Female Newcomers for the film’s five main actresses, the Heike Hurst award for Best First Film and Best Cinematography for David Chizallet.  Mustang is the story of five siblings living in a Turkish village and raises the issue of forced marriage for woman.

Other winners at February’s ceremony include Best Director for Arnaud Desplechin’s Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse (Golden Years), Best Actress for Catherine Frot in Marguerite and Best Actor for Vincent Lindon for his performance in La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man) and Journal d’une Femme de Chambre. Best Male Newcomer went to Rod Paradot for  Emmanuelle Bercot Cannes opener La Tête haute.

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