Brussells– Jaco Van Dormael’s “Mr. Nobody” was the big winner at the inaugural Magritte awards Saturday night. Pic took awards for best film, director, original script, cinematography, editing and music.
Awards are an attempt by Belgium’s French-speaking community to raise the profile of its films, which are generally unpopular with local auds.
Triumph of an English-speaking film with no Belgian top-liners appears not to have dampened the celebrations.
Awards were voted on by around 650 French-speaking Belgian film professionals, from a short-list of productions dating back to 2008.
One of the older pics, Joachim Lafosse’s “Eleve libre,” scored a best actor award for Jonathan Zaccai and best female newcomer for Pauline Etienne.
The Magritte for best actress went to Anne Coesens for “Illegal,” Belgium’s foreign-language Oscar candidate this year.
A prize for best co-production went to Ken Loach’s “Looking for Eric,” which was made with the Dardenne brothers’ Les Films du Fleuve shingle.