Jacques Audiard’s jail-set crime drama “A Prophet” received the Louis Delluc prize from Cannes Film Festival prexy Gilles Jacob at a ceremony on Friday in Paris.Pic beat out Alain Resnais’ “Wild Grass” and Xavier Giannoli’s “In the Beginning.”
Since taking the jury prize nod at Cannes, “A Prophet” has won multiple kudos, notably from the U.S. National Board of Review, the London Film Festival and the European Film Awards. The film represents France in the foreign-language film race of the Academy Awards.
Pic bowed in Gaul on Aug. 26 and grossed 7.2 million ($10.6 million) at the box office.
The first feature nod was also nabbed by a jail-set drama, Lea Fehner’s “Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront” (Silent Voice).
France’s most prestigious film honor was created in 1937 in homage to Louis Delluc, the first journalist covering film in Gaul and the founder of discussion forums called cine-clubs.
Headed by Jacob, the Delluc jury includes 20 film critics and industryites.