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Yury Bykov’s ‘The Fool’ Wins Top Prize at Les Arcs

PARIS — Yury Bykov’s “The Fool” has won the Flèche de Cristal award at Les Arcs European Film Festival.

“The Fool” (“Durak”), winner of four kudos at Locarno, also won best cinematography for Kirill Klepalov and the Youth Jury Award. The Russian drama follows an ordinary plumber who is up against an entire system of bureaucrats.

The jury was presided over by French director Cédric Kahn, and also consisted of actresses Odile Vuillemin and Linh-Dan Pham, composer Stephen Warbeck, cinematographer Agnès Godard, Irish actor Jack Reynor and French comedian Gaspard Proust.

Ognjen Sviličić’s Venice-preeming social drama “These Are the Rules” (“Takva su pravila”) picked up the Grand Jury prize, while Giulio Ricciarelli’s post-war drama “Labyrinth of Lies” earned a Special Mention as well as the audience prize.

The best actress award went to Bianca Kronlöf for her role in Ronnie Sandahl’s Swedish coming-of-age drama “Underdog.”

Peter Ferdinando won best actor for his part in Gerard Johnson’s British thriller “Hyena.”

The Press Prize, awarded by a jury of six journalists, went to “Fidelio, L’odyssée d’Alice” by Lucie Borleteau. The young helmer also won the Femme de Cinéma (Women in Film) Prize from Sisley and Les Arcs fest.

Composer Stephen Rennicks took home the music award for his work on Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank.”

The Cineuropa Prize went to Pieter Van Heese’s thriller drama “Waste Land.”

Pablo Munoz Gomez’s “Welkom” won for short film.

The festival, programmed by Frédéric Boyer, who is also Tribeca’s artistic director, presented 12 films in competition and turned the spotlight on Irish cinema.

Bertrand Tavernier, Kad Mérad, Mia Hansen Love, Sophie Letourneur, Marie Gillain, Liam Cunningham and Louis Do de Lenquesaing are among the directors and actors who attended the festival.

Founded by Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO, and Guillaume Calop, general manager, the festival drew a record 17,500 admissions.

The Coproductions Village Arc 1950, the festival’s industry sidebar, drew more than 600 professionals. Highlights included the sneak premiere of Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” which was just shortlisted for a foreign-language Oscar, at the 3200-meter-high Aiguille Rouge, and the launch of the first Music Village.



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