Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismaki nabbed the Louis Delluc Prize for “Le Havre” at a ceremony held on Friday in Paris.
The film, which reps Finland in the foreign-language Oscar race, bowed in competition at Cannes and won the Fipresci nod.
Pic is sold by the Match Factory and produced by Finland’s Sputnik, France’s Pyramide Prods. and Germany’s Pandora Film.
The €3.8 million ($5 million) offbeat dramedy stars Andre Wilms as a shoeshine man on a mission to help an African stowaway.
“Le Havre” beat Valerie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War,” Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” and Celine Sciamma’s “Tomboy,” among others.
Helmer Djinn Carrenard’s romantic comedy “Donoma,” produced by Donoma Guerilla, nabbed the Louis Delluc prize for first film. Pic, which played Cannes in 2010, was reportedly made on a $200 budget.
The Louis Delluc prizes were chosen by a jury of Gallic film journos headed by Cannes fest prexy Gilles Jacob.