'Deep in the Woods' takes critics' prize

The City of Lights, City of Angels’ opening-night pic, Philippe Le Guay’s “Service Entrance,” won the 15th annual French fest’s audience award, while Benoit Jacquot’s “Deep in the Woods” received the Critics Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. jury, chaired by Variety critic Peter Debruge.

“Service Entrance” was acquired by Strand Releasing for the U.S. before its Colcoa bow.

In all, 29 features and 21 shorts competed at Colcoa.

Isabelle Partiot-Pieri’s doc “Toscan, the French Touch” took the audience special prize. First feature laurel went to Kad Merad’s “Monsieur Papa,” which world-premiered at the fest; the LAFCA special prize to Marc Fitoussi’s “Copacabana”; while Cedric Klapisch’s “My Piece of the Pie” won a LAFCA special mention and Jean Becker’s “My Afternoons With Margueritte” the aud special mention.

Stephane Demoustier’s “Weekend” won the short film award while Sebastien Carfora’s “Howl of a Fish” took the short special prize.

The weeklong event set an attendance record of 17,534, according to the Franco-American Cultural Fund, which funds the fest.

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