‘Weiner,’ ‘From Nowhere’ Win Prizes at Champs Elysees Festival

Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary feature “Weiner” won the independent American Jury Prize at the Paris-set Champs Elysees Film Festival, which wrapped its fifth edition on June 14.

“Weiner,” which premiered at Sundance and is repped by Dogwooth, captures the attempt of a former politician, Anthony Weiner, to run for NYC mayor in 2013 after resigning from Congress following a sex scandal.

The jury, presided by Nicole Garcia and Alexandre Aja, also gave a special mention to Matthew Newton’s politically-engaged drama “From Nowhere.”

Sold by Visit Films, “From Nowhere” follows a dedicated teacher on a mission to help three of her most promising students who happen to be residing illegally in the United States. Pic world premiered at SXSW in the narrative spotlight section.

“From Nowhere” also nabbed the TitraFilm-sponsored Audience Award for an American indie film.

The Audience Award for best French film was handed out to Marie Madinier’s “Le Secret des banquises” with Guillaume Canet and Charlotte Le Bon.

The Champs Elysees festival’s jury comprised young French talents, including Déborah François, Félix Moati, Sophie Letourneur, Vincent Rottiers and Zita Hanrot, as well as the writer Philippe Jaenada.

Created in 2012 by Sophie Dullac, a French distributor, producer and exhibitor, the Champs Elysees film festival showcased 80 American indie films and French movies (“Love and Friendship,” “The Red Turtle,” “Victoria” and “Tour de France”) across arthouse theaters located along the famous Champs Elysees avenues. This year’s honorees were Abel Ferrara, Andrew Davis, Brady Corbet and Mia Hansen Love.

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