With three days before the 12th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival comes to an end, discover the first prizes awarded by the International Jury and the International Press Jury.
Composed of Michelle Couttolenc, Joachim Lafosse, Filippo Meneghetti, Santiago Mitre, and Daphné Patakia, the International Jury has awarded the Grand Prize of the festival's 12th edition to The Monopoly of Violence by David Dufresne, produced by Le Bureau Films and sold by The Bureau Sales:
"We have decided to award the Grand Prize to David Dufresne's documentary The Monopoly of Violence by David Dufresne for the universal dimension of its subject, at a crucial political moment in our contemporary history, but also for the quality of the formal approach such as the dialogue created between the images and the characters invited to comment on them: police officers, sociologists, injured demonstrators, victims' relatives... This singular documentary invites us to reflect collectively on the issue of policing in our modern democracies and its political use."
The International Jury also awarded two Special Mentions:
"We chose to give a Special Mention to Madly in Life by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni for its refined treatment of the question of accompanying a loved one suffering from a degenerative disease, but also for the exceptional performance of Jo Deseure who, with grace, makes the film oscillate between tragedy and comedy.
We have also chosen to salute All Hands on Deck by Guillaume Brac for the quality of its writing and for its constantly moving characters who confront class violence in a powerful romantic tale."
The International Press Jury
Composed of Carlos Helí de Almeida, Alejandra Trelles, Dževdet Tuzlić, and Fiona Williams, the International Press Jury awarded two prizes and two special mentions.
The Best Feature Film Prize was awarded to The Monopoly of Violence by David Dufresne: "More than a fine investigative piece, The Monoply of Violence brings face to face representatives of all parties involved in the issue of police violence and policing in France during the Yellow Jackets movement. This documentary invites us to discuss and rethink this fascinating collective construct: the role of the state and the legitimate use of violence."
Calamity by Rémi Chayé, produced by Maybe Movies and Norlum, sold by Indie Sales, received a Special Mention: "A tale of apprenticeship and adventure, Calamity is a spectacular animated film that allows younger audiences to address issues of gender and female empowerment in a context where it might seem impossible."
The Best Short Film Prizes went to Malabar by Maximilian Badier-Rosenthal, produced by Don Quichotte Films and sold by L'Agence du court métrage: "A light comedy and social drama, Malabar highlights the complexity of the human relationships of different characters who live under the control of social prejudices."
Little Bear, directed by Nicolas Birkenstock, produced by TS Productions, and sold by L'Agence du court métrage also received a Special Mention: "In Little Bear, Nicolas Birkenstock mixes fantasy and science fiction to tell a sensitive story of self-discovery and emancipation from the family environment."
And don't forget!
With MyFrenchFilmFestival, you are part of the Jury. Watch the films, vote, share!
Until January 14, rate on MyFrenchFilmFestival each film you have seen in order to select the Audience Prizes for a short and a feature film.
Wherever you are, it's your opinion that counts, because it's also your French Film Festival!
Take advantage of the last weekend of the festival to (re)discover the award-winning films and see you on February 15 for the announcement of the complete list of winners!