'Louise Wimmer' nabs prize for first film

PARIS

Benoit Jacquot’s period drama “Farewell, My Queen” was awarded the Louis Delluc prize by Cannes Film Festival prexy Gilles Jacob and a jury of French critics on Friday in Paris, kicking off the Gallic awards season.

“Farewell, My Queen” depicts Marie-Antoinette’s last days in Versailles before the outbreak of the French revolution as seen through the eyes of one a devoted servant. Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux topline. Jacquot and Gilles Taurand adapted the script from Chantal Thomas’ novel.

Pic, repped by Elle Driver, opened the Berlin Film Festival in February and has sold to most key territories, including the U.S., where it was handled by Cohen Media Group.

Producer Jean-Pierre Guerin was on hand to accept the award and said he had boarded Jacquot’s next pic. Guerrin produced the pic via GMT Prods., one of France’s most prolific purveyors of historical TV series and films. France’s Les Films du Lendemain and Spain’s Morena Prods. co-produced.

Jacquot, who started his career in the 1970s, has directed such critically-acclaimed pics as “La Desenchantee” and “Villa Amalia.”

“Queen” beat Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” Olivier Assayas’ “Something in the Air,” Noemie Lvovsky’s “Camille Rewinds,” Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors,” Philippe Faucon’s “La Desintegration” and Lucas Belvaux’s “38 Witnesses.”

Cyril Mennegun’s sociopolitical drama “Louise Wimmer” nabbed the prize for first film.

Set in the French provinces, it stars Corinne Masiero as a middle-aged woman who has lost everything and struggles to make ends meet.

Sold by Films Distribution, pic will compete in Unifrance’s online fest MyFrenchFilmFestival.

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