Golden Stars kudos crown ‘King’

Desplechin's pic is 'Queen' of fest

PARIS — “Rois et reine” (Kings and Queen) took the top four prizes Monday night at the sixth Etoiles d’Or de la Presse (Golden Stars of the Press) awards, winning film and directing honors for Arnaud Desplechin and acting nods for Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric. Pic, which has been doing well since its Dec. 22 release, adds these trophies to the Prix Louis Delluc for French film of 2004.

First-film honor went to Eleonore Faucher for “Brodeuses” (A Common Thread). Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri took screenplay for Jaoui’s “Comme une image” (Look at Me).

Female newcomer was a tie between Marilou Berry for “Look at Me” and Sara Forestier for “L’Esquive.”

Julien Boisselier — who appeared in four films in 2004 — drew male newcomer kudos for “Clara et moi.”

Jacques Perrin of Galatee Films (“Les choristes”) was honored as producer of the year, and Stephane Celerier of Mars Distribution earned the distrib laurel.

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Celerier noted that of the 17 million admissions racked up by Mars releases, 75% were for French films, 35% of which were first films.

Composer Bruno Coulias was saluted for his scores to “Les choristes” and nature doc “Genesis.”

The ceremony, sponsored by Pierre Cardin under the presidency of thesp Sylvie Testud, played to a capacity crowd but was a comedy of errors from start to finish as technical glitches undermined winningly awkward presentations.

The Golden Stars are voted on by hundreds of print and broadcast journalists who specialize in cinema.