‘Lost’ unmasked by Gallic show

French listeners give Coppola best foreign film honors

PARIS — Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” was crowned 2004’s best foreign film by listeners of the longest-running movie show on French radio, “The Mask and the Quill.”

“L’esquive,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s DV-shot ode to impenetrable slang took top honors by a wide margin as best French film.

With nine Cannes titles in the top 20, 15th edition of the prize — on which 5,000 listeners weighed in — continues to confirm that many a Cannes entry is attuned to popular taste.

Wong Kar Wai’s “2046” and forthcoming Canes jury prexy Emir Kusturica’s “Life Is a Miracle” were second and third foreign runners-up, with doc “Mondovino” (fifth), “Bad Education” (eighth) and “The Motorcycle Diaries” (ninth) joining French runners-up “A Common Thread” (fifth), “Clean” (sixth), doc “10th District Court” (eighth) and “Look at Me” (ninth).

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In addition to “‘Lost in Translation” (1.5 million admissions), three other American films placed in the top 10: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (fourth), “Mondovino” and “21 Grams” (seventh).