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“A Prophet” Sweeps French Film Awards

"A Prophet" Sweeps French Film Awards

Jacques Audiard’s prison drama “A Prophet” swept France’s Cesar Awards tonight, managing an impressive haul of 9 trophies, including best picture, director, original screenplay, cinematography and two for star Tahar Rahim – best actor and best promising actor. The film had been nominated for 13 awards, losing only 4. This comes just as the film opens in North America, and eight days before it competes for the best foreign language film at the Academy Awards.

“A Prophet,” winner of the Grand Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, also won awards for best director (Jacques Audiard), best actor and breakthrough actor (Tahar Rahim), best supporting actor (Niels Arestrup), Best Screenplay (Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit), best cinematography (Stephane Fontaine), best editing (Juliette Welfling), and best art direction (Michel Barthelemy).

Other major winners at the Cesars tonight included actresses Isabelle Adjani and Emmanuelle Devos, who won actress and supporting actress honors for their work in “La Journee de la Jupe” and “A L’Origine,” respectively, and Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino,” which surprisingly took the best foreign film award over “Avatar,” “Milk,” “I Killed My Mother,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “A Town Called Panic,” and “The White Ribbon.”

The complete list of winners is below.

Best Film
“A Prophet” (Un prophete)

Best Director
Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet” (Un prophete)

Best Actor
Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet” (Un prophete)

Best Actress
Isabelle Adjani, “Skirt Day” (La journée de la jupe)

Best Supporting Actor
Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet” (Un prophete)

Best Supporting Actress
Emmanuelle Devos, “In the Beginning” (A l’origine)

Breakthrough Actor
Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet” (Un Prophete)

Breakthrough Actress
Melanie Thierry, “One for the Road” (Le dernier pour la route)

Best First Film
“The French Kissers” (Le beaux gosses), Riad Sattouf, Anne Dominique Toussaint

Best Original Screenplay
“A Prophet” (Un Prophete), written by Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Abdel Raouf Dafri and Nicolas Peufaillit

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Mademoiselle Chambon”, written by Stephane Brize & Florence Vignon,

Best Foreign Film
“Gran Torino,” directed by Clint Eastwood

Best Documentary
“Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno,” directed by Serge Bromberg & Ruxandra Medrea

Best Original Score
Armand Amar, “The Concert” (Le Concert)

Best Cinematography
Stephane Fontaine, “A Prophet” (Un Prophete)

Best Editing
Juliette Welfling, “A Prophet” (Un Prophete)

Best Art Direction
Michel Barthelemy, “A Prophet” (Un Prophete)

Best Costume Design
Catherine Leterrier, “Coco Before Chanel” (Coco avant Chanel)

Best Sound
“The Concert” (Le Concert)

Best Short Film
“C’est gratuit pour les filles,” directed by Claire Burger & Marie Amachoukeli

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