The Lumiere Awards were handed out in Paris on Friday [January 15] with the prize for best film going to Philippe Lioret’s Welcome (pictured). The prizes are France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes, given by foreign journalists covering French cinema.
Jacques Audiard took best director for A Prophet, France’s entry for the foreign language Oscar. Tahar Rahim, the star of A Prophet, was voted best actor while Isabelle Adjani took the best actress prize for La Journee De La Jupe. The screenplay award went to Mia Hansen-Love for Le Pere De Mes Enfants.
Most promising newcomer prizes went to Pauline Etienne for Lea Fehner’s Qu’Un Seul Tient Et Les Autres Suivront and Vincent Lacoste and Anthony Sonigo for Riad Sattouf’s Les Beaux Gosses.
Best Francophone film went to Quebec’s Xavier Dolan for J’Ai Tue Ma Mere, which was a big prize winner in the Directors Fortnight section at Cannes.