DEAUVILLE, France– Damien Chazelle’s Sundance hit “Whiplash” won the Grand Prize and Audience nod at the 40th Deauville film festival which wrapped on Saturday night with a gala ceremony.
Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie” snatched up the Jury Prize and David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows” nabbed the Critics’ nod. “It Follows” world-premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week.
This year’s jury almost exclusively comprised previous jury presidents: Cannes prexy Pierre Lescure, and helmers Claude Lelouch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Andre Techine and Costa-Gavras.
The 40th-anniversary award, originally conceived for James Cameron who was a no-show, was finally given to Saar Klen’s “Things People Do” with Jason Isaacs and Wes Bentley.
Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” won the Cartier prize for best film from the Revelation jury — comprising Audrey Dana, Anne Beres, Lola Bessis, Christine & the Queens, Freddie Highmore and Clemence Poesy.
The Michel D’Ornano prize for best French feature debut was handed out to Jeanne Henry’s satirical thriller “Elle l’Adore.”
The festival closed with the French premiere of “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.” Metropolitan Filmexport will release the film in Gaul on Sept. 17.
The competition, put together by artistic director Bruno Barde, boasted Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Festival highlights included the career tributes to producer Brian Grazer and Jessica Chastain, as well as the homage to Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams.