Attal wins Gaul’s Toscan du Plantier honor

Award celebrates the year's best producer

PARIS — Alain Attal won the fifth Daniel Toscan du Plantier kudo for best producer at a ceremony held by the French Academy of Arts and Sciences in Paris on Monday.

Attal, founder of Les Productions du Tresor, produced Maiwenn’s gritty police ensembler “Polisse,” which has been a critical and commercial success in France.

“Polisse” won Cannes’ Jury prize and was nominated for 13 Cesars, the Gallic film awards. It grossed €14.5 million ($19.2 million) when it was released by Mars Distribution in October. It was re-released on Feb. 15.

Attal beat strong contenders, notably “The Artist” producer Thomas Langmann, and Quad Films’ Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun who produced “Intouchables,” France’s second biggest local lingo box office hit, grossing €120 million.

The Toscan du Plantier prize was created by the French Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 to honor the producer of the same name who was a longtime exec at Gaumont and prexy of promo org Unifrance until his death in 2003. First recipient was Claude Berri.

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