Helmer Pouliot wins top prize at Belgian fest
BRUSSELS — Tyro Quebecois director Jean-Francois Pouliot scooped the Bayards d’Or film prize, worth $6,500, for “La Grande Seduction” at the Intl. Francophone Film Festival in Namur, Belgium, on Oct. 3.
Pic made its world preem at the close of the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors Fortnight.
Other winners include Rokhaya Niang for actress in the Senegal/Quebec production “Madame Brouette” and Luc Picard for actor in the Quebec production “20h17, rue Darling.”
Fest also paid homage to the actor and prolific New Wave director Jean-Claude Brialy and the actress Bernadette Lafont, who appeared in the films of Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut.
Fest, Francophone Belgium’s counterpart to the Flanders fest, unspooled 174 films, shorts and documentaries from all over the world.