'Maid' receives audience honor
PARIS — Kazakh helmer George Ovashvili’s directorial debut, “The Other Bank,” nabbed the jury award at the 7th Paris Cinema Film Festival on Monday.Set in the aftermath of the Georgian-Abkhazia war, “Bank” follows a 12-year-old boy searching for his father in the ruins of Abkhazia. Pic is repped by Belgium-based shingle Amazon Films. The audience nod went to Sebastian Silva’s Chilean tragicomedy “The Maid,” which took the jury prize at Sundance. “The Maid” will be released in Gaul on Oct. 7 by ASC Distribution. Iranian-born American helmer Amir Naderi (“Marathon”) took the Future Prize for “Vegas: Based on a True Story,” a dark satire chronicling a working-class family’s hunt for a large sum of money that might be hidden under their house near Las Vegas. Pic was nommed for a Golden Lion at Venice and is repped by Paris-based sales company Celluloid Dreams. Headed by Brit thesp Charlotte Rampling, the jury included former soccer player turned director Vikash Dhorasoo, Gallic thesp and helmer Chantal Lauby, Senegalese-born French actress Aissa Maiga, Vietnamese actress Linh Dan Pham and French actor Bruno Putzulu.