Award honors best French producers of past year

PARIS — Gallic partners Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat received the Daniel Toscan du Plantier award for best producer at a ceremony held by the French Academy of Arts and Sciences in Paris on Monday.

Last year, the duo produced an eclectic slate of French films, notably Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” Eric Cantona starrer “Looking for Eric” and Christophe Honore’s “Making Plans for Lena.”

“A Prophet” nabbed a record 13 nominations for the French Acad’s Cesar film awards, which will take place on Saturday. Pic is also vying for an Oscar in the foreign language film category.

At the helm of Paris-based Why Not Prods. since 1990, Caucheteux and Sorlat have forged relationships with some of Gaul’s most acclaimed filmmakers, including Audiard, Arnaud Desplechin (“Christmas Tale”) and Jean Francois Richet (“Mesrine”).

The award is named after producer and former prexy of national film promo org Unifrance, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, and is decided by a ballot of the members of the Gallic Acad as well as 2009′s Cesar winners.

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