Xavier Beauvois’ drama “Of Gods and Men” and Roman Polanski’s thriller “The Ghost Writer” took the film prize at the 16th Lumieres Awards Friday at Paris’ Hotel de Ville.
A tale of Christian monks killed by fundamentalists in Algeria in 1995, “Gods” also nabbed lead actor for Michael Lonsdale.
Polanski, who was feted with a tribute at the event, nabbed the director and screenplay nods (shared with co-writer Robert Harris) for “Ghost Writer.”
Presented by Serge Toubiana, director of the French Cinematheque, the Polanski tribute featured the screening of his 1958 short “Two Men and a Wardrobe” and exclusive photos capturing the highlights of his 50-year career.
Actress nod went to Kristin Scott Thomas for her work in Gilles Paquet-Brenner drama “Sarah’s Key.” Pic world preemed at Toronto and was later acquired by the Weinstein Co. for U.S. distribution.
The Francophone film award went to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for “A Screaming Man,” which bowed in competition at Cannes last year.
Belgian helmer Olivier Masset-Depasse’s drama “Illegal” nabbed the TV5Monde nod, which is voted on by the general delegates of Francophone festivals.
Antonin Chalon and Yahima Torres won for newcomer for their perf in Zabou Breitman’s “No and Me” and Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Black Venus,” respectively.
The Lumieres — France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes — were created in 1995 by Gallic producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier and Newsweek foreign correspondent Edward Behrare, and are voted on by foreign journalists based in Paris.