Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut has been singled out by the French critics as best foreign film of 1999 for their prize, the Prix Leon Moussinac, which was awarded yesterday (Feb 7).

The runner-ups for the prize, created in 1967, included Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother, Jean-Louis and Luc Dardenne's Cannes Golden Palm-winner Rosetta, David Lynch's The Straight Story and Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line, among others.

The French critics, which have recently been under fire from the French film industry for knocking potential French box office winners, have given the Prix Melies to Michel Deville's La Maladie De Sachs. Among other favourites for the prize, created in 1946, were Bruno Dumont's controversial L'Humanite, Patrice Leconte's La Fille Sur Le Pont, Bertrand Tavernier's Ca Commmence Aujourd'hui, Regis Wargnier Est-Ouest and Pierre Jolivet's Ma Petite Entreprise.