The 30th Deauville Festival of American film wrapped up Sunday night with a slew of prizes for Joshua Marston's Maria Full Of Grace. The festival favourite - already honoured at Sundance and Berlin among others - took home the Grand Prize, the Audience Award and the International Critics' Prize.
The jury, presided over by Claude Lelouch and a bevy of women including Anouk Aimee, Mathilde Seigner, Diane Kurys and Jeanne Labrune - gave the Jury Prize to The Woodsman by Nicole Kassell.
The film had been presented in competition earlier in the week by its stars Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. The screenwriting award went to The Final Cut, a first film by Omar Naim. Starring Robin Williams. The film was a substitute for Bacon's directorial debut Loverboy, which was pulled at the last minute.
The competition was originally made up of ten films, but just prior to screening his entry Heights, director Chris Terrio announced he was removing the film from contention as he still had changes to make.
During the 10 day festival, whose 30th anniversary was devoted to contemporary yet legendary Hollywood directors, such seminal talents as Steven Speilberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola dropped in to celebrate. Actors including Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Glenn Close and Morgan Freeman were also in attendance.