Festival also pays tribute to Forman, Laurant
PARIS — Monaco’s Cinema and Literature International Forum, launched six years ago as a meeting point for fiction writers and film and TV professionals, closed its three-day run with recognition of one of French cinema’s most enduring villains.
The forum, which wrapped on Saturday, bestowed its trophee d’honneur on veteran French film star, stage actor and director Robert Hossein. Honorary presidents, director Milos Forman and American novelist Patricia MacDonald, also presented a career achievement award to Guillaume Laurant, whose screenwriter credentials include “The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain” and “A Very Long Engagement.”
The best literary adaptation for cinema award went to Claude Berri, director of the French hit “Hunting and Gathering.”
Other winners included Emmanuel Lepage for his graphic novel “Muchacho” and Marie-Jose Croze as best actress in a literary adaptation and Alain Attal as best producer of a literary adaptation, both for the thriller “Tell No One,” based on the novel by Harlan Coben.
Best literary adaptation for television went to “Mademoiselle Gigi,” directed by Caroline Huppert, from the novel by Colette.
Now in its sixth year, the forum has developed into a leading international venue for marketing original adaptations and remakes from literature to cinema and television. This year’s grandees included directors Peter Webber (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) and Manuel Huerga (“Salvador), French actress Sylvie Testud (“La Vie en rose”) and Czech dramatist and former president Vaclav Havel.