'Puisque' wins film prize at Francophone festival

BRUSSELS — Documentary feature “Puisque nous sommes nes” has picked up the film prize at the Namur Festival of Francophone Film, which wrapped Friday evening.

Directed by Jean-Pierre Duret and Andréa Santana, pic explores poverty in the Nordeste region of Brazil through the eyes of two teenage boys who hang out at a huge truck stop.

Produced by French thesp Jamel Debbouze’s Kiss Films shingle, international sales are handled by U-Media.

Gallic thesp Lea Seydoux collected the best actress award for “La Belle personne” by Christophe Honore. Mohamed Majd got the actor nod for “Waiting for Pasolini” by Moroccan helmer Daoud Aoulad Syad.

Jury, led by Mauritanian helmer Abderrahmane Sissako, awarded a special prize to Samuel Collardey’s “L’Apprenti,” about a young apprentice at an isolated French farm. Pic also snagged the prize for best first film.

The nod for best photography went to Agnes Godard, who shot “Home” by Franco-Swiss helmer Ursula Meier.

Fourteen films from across the French-speaking world were in competition.

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