PARIS– Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” has taken another kudo in France: Its producer Sylvie Pialat won the Toscan du Plantier Award, Gaul’s equivalent to the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck award, at a Paris ceremony on Feb. 16.
Pialat, who produced “Timbuktu” via her Paris-based company Les Films du Worso, was named producer of the year for the second consecutive year.
In 2014, she nabbed the Toscan du Plantier kudo after producing Alain Guiraudie’s drama thriller “Stranger by the Lake,” which premiered at Un Certain Regard and earned Guiraudie a best director prize.
Both Sissako and Pialat will be traveling to Los Angeles this weekend to attend the Academy Awards.
“Timbuktu,” a drama depicting the barbaric occupation by Islamic fundamentalists in Mali, has been a major arthouse hit in France, where it’s being distributed by Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte.
“Timbuktu” marks the first Mauritanian film to compete for a foreign-language Oscar. Cohen Media Group bowed the film in the U.S. on Jan. 28.
Hosted by Alain Terzian, the Cesar Academie president, at the Georges V Hotel, the lavish Toscan du Plantier Awards ceremony gathered a wide range of French film industry figures, notably France’s culture minister Fleur Pellerin, CNC president Frederique Bredin, producers Eric Altmayer (“Saint Laurent”), Wassim Beji (“Yves Saint Laurent”), Alain Attal (“Blood Ties”), Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (“Grace of Monaco”), Yael Fogiel (“On Tour”), Charles Gillibert (“Sils Maria”) and Benjamin Elalouf (“La Creme de La Creme”).