Gallic film org sets ‘Heart’ on win

French crix name 'Beat' as best of year

PARIS — Jacques Audiard’s “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” was named film of the year by the French Union of Film Critics on Monday.

Scripter-helmer’s remake of James Toback’s “Fingers” stars Romain Duris as a musician-turned-thug who tries to return to his classical roots.

Canadian David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence” took the foreign film nod.

Writer-director Karin Albou’s “Little Jerusalem,” set in a Paris suburb, drew first film kudos, while Didier Fontan’s f/x tour de force “Stricteternum” took the short film prize.

This year, DVDs were added to the honors roster, with audiovisual publisher Editions Montparnasse winning for its DVD of Jean Renoir’s “Rules of the Game.”

Neal Gabler’s recently translated “An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood” drew the honors for foreign-language book on cinema.

The French Union of Film Critics programs and runs Intl. Critics Week at Cannes.

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