Romance sweeps Gaul

Celebs flock to seaside fest; 'Vivre' takes Grand Prix

CABOURG — Love was in the air in this seaside town during an event that could only be French — the annual festival of romantic film.

Judging by the number of famous faces at “Journees Romantiques” June 12-15, Gallic celebs were in the mood for romance.

Or perhaps the likes of Isabelle Adjani, Sandrine Bonnaire, Vincent Perez, Antoine de Caunes and soccer-player-turned thesp Eric Cantona were grateful to escape from an overheated — and strike-torn — Paris.

Swann d’Or statuettes went to Jean-Paul Rappeneau, voted best director for “Bon Voyage,” Adjani, best actress for Benoit Jacquot‘s “Adolphe,” and Bernard Giraudeau, best actor, for Raoul Ruiz‘ “That Day.” Adjani, pictured with fest prexy Gonzague St. Bris, was also the subject of a special tribute.

The fest’s Grand Prix went to Jean-Pierre Sinapi‘s “Vivre Me Tue” and a special prize went to the trio of actors Laura Smet (daughter of Nathalie Baye and Johnny Hallyday), Nicolas Duvauchelle and Marie Denarnaud in Xavier Giannoli‘s “Eager Bodies.”