'Marius et Jeannette' garners best film award

PARIS — Gallic TV and feature film production company Agat Films & Ex-Nihilo hit a double whammy Thursday — “Marius et Jeannette” shared the Prix Louis-Delluc for best French film of the year and the company won the French Television Producer Award.

On the film side, the jury of French critics gave the prestigious cinema prize to both Robert Guediguian’s “Marius et Jeannette” and Alain Resnais’ musical comedy “On Connait la Chanson.” The decision was only the third time in the award’s 60-year history that joint winners have been chosen.

The award was the first time Guediguian has won the Louis-Delluc, but the win is the third for Resnais, who previously scored with “La Guerre est Finie” in 1966 and “Smoking — No Smoking” in 1993. Like his ’93 winner, “On Connait la Chanson” was scripted by writing duo Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri.

As the Agat team savored its film success, the television industry honored it as the best production company of the year, offering a special mention to veteran production house Telfrance.

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