French fest also recognizes 'Early One Morning'

French B.O. behemoth “The Intouchables” claimed two prizes at the 16th annual City of Lights, City of Angels film fest, the weeklong French-language showcase that ended Sunday.

The film, France’s B.O. champ for 2011 ($159 million) that earned nine Cesar noms — including Cesar’s first best actor win by a black performer, Omar Sy — took Colcoa’s Audience Award and the Critics Special Prize. “Intouchables,” written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, is being released stateside May 25 by the Weinstein Co., which also is going forward with an English-language remake.

Jean-Marc Moutout’s “Early One Morning” was awarded the Critics Award, determined by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association jury.

Other winners included Maiwenn’s “Polisse” (Critics Special Mention), being released here May 18 by Sundance Selects; “The Adapted” (First Feature Award), directed by actress-turned filmmaker Melanie Laurent; Christian Rouaud’s doc “Leadersheep,” (Audience Special Prize); and Philippe Lefevbre’s “The Well Digger’s Daughter” (Audience Special Mention).

According to organizers, the weeklong, mostly invitation-only fest, which took place at the DGA, set an attendance record of 18,893, approximately 1,000 more than last year.

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