PARIS– Claudia Myers’ “Fort Bliss” won the audience prize at the third edition of Champs Elysees Film Festival, which was presided by Jacqueline Bisset and Bertrand Tavernier and wrapped today in Paris.
“Fort Bliss” toplines Michelle Monaghan as a female soldier who returns home after serving in Afghanistan and struggles to rebuild her relationship with her five-year-old son. Ron Linvingston, Emmanuelle Chriqui et John Savage also star. It was released in the U.S. in April by Phase 4 Films.
The bloggers’ prize was awarded to “American Promise,” directed by Joe Brewster and Michele Stephensen. The documentary feature chronicles the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons. It previously won Sundance’s Special Jury Prize and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Jury nod.
“American Promise” was partly financed via Kickstarter and released in the U.S. by P.O.V.
The Students’ kudo, which rewards a classic film, sent to Larry Peerce’s 1967’s crime drama “The Incident.”
Fest was created by distributor-producer Sophie Dulac to showcase American indie movies that seldom find distribution in France. This year, the festival played 60 films across six theaters located on the Champs Elysees.
It ran June 11-17.