PARIS — Alain Resnais’ “Not on the Lips” and Sylvain Chomet’s “The Triplets of Belleville” tied for film of the year at the Golden Stars awards Monday night.
The 10-prize event, under the honorary presidency of Pierre Cardin, canvasses several hundred journalists who specialize in cinema to pinpoint the year’s finest local achievements.
“Thank you for thinking of this as a full-fledged film and not just as animation,” said Chomet, who spent five years making “Triplets.”
Lucas Belvaux took double honors for directing and writing his “Trilogy,” comprised of “An Amazing Couple,” “On the Run” and “After Life.” The three-genre project also won the Golden Star for producer for Patrick Sobelman of France’s Agat Films and Diane Elbaum of Belgium’s Entre Chien et Loup. Michel Saint-Jean of Diaphana won a Golden Star for distributing “Trilogy.”
Latest kudos enhance a winning streak for “Trilogy” that began with the Prix Louis Delluc, followed by a French Union of Film Critics nod.
Acting awards honored Sylvie Testud in Alain Corneau’s “Fear and Trembling” and Daniel Auteuil in two films: as a compulsive do-gooder in Pierre Salvadori’s “Apres vous” and as a bumbling weasel in Pascal Bonitzer’s “Little Cuts.”
Most promising newcomer prizes went to Laura Smet for her turn as a teen cancer patient in Xavier Giannoli’s “Eager Bodies” and Gaspard Ulliel for his perf as the unlikely protector of a widow and her children during WWII in Andre Techine’s “Strayed.”
The Golden Star for composing went to Benoit Charest for “Triplets of Belleville.”
In its fifth year, the Golden Stars offer ballots to both of Gaul’s serious crix orgs as well as to the folks who cover movies as consumer events.