Foreign media representatives gathered at the Académie des Lumières to present the 2009 Lumiere Awards honoring the year's most outstanding artists in French and French-language cinema.
Presided by Régis Wargnier, this year's awards ceremony was hosted by the TV5Monde journalist Estelle Martin. The event was held at the Paris City Hall, with a packed audience of movie industry personalities. The evening featured a tribute to the recently deceased Jocelyn Quivrin, who was the 2007 winner of the Lumiere Award for Most Promising Actor.
2009 LUMIERE AWARDS
Best Film – Welcome by Philippe Lioret Best Director – Jacques Audiard for Un prophète (A Prophet) Best Screenplay – Mia Hansen-Løve for Le Père de mes enfants (The Father of My Children) by Mia Hansen-Love Best Actor – Tahar Rahim for Un prophète (A Prophet) by Jacques Audiard Best Actress – Isabelle Adjani for La Journée de la jupe (Skirt Day) by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld Most Promising Actress – Pauline Étienne for Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront (Silent Voice)by Léa Fehner. Most Promising Actor – Vincent Lacoste and Anthony Sonigo for Les Beaux Gosses (The French Kissers) by Riad Sattouf Best French-Language Film J’ai tué ma mère by Xavier Dolan (Quebec) TV5Monde World Audience Prize – Où est la main de l’homme sans tête? by Stéphane and Guillaume Malandrin (Belgium, Netherlands, France) CST Prize – Glynn Speeckaert, cinematographer for In the Beginning by Xavier Giannoli.
An international vision highly beneficial to French cinema According to Christian Rioux, President of the Académie des Lumières, "Over the past fifteen years, the Lumiere awards ceremony has stamped itself as a vital event on the French movie industry calendar. Ushering in the awards season, the Lumiere prizes offer the vision of foreign media correspondents on film production in France and around the world in the French language."
In addition to foreign correspondents based in Paris, the Lumiere Awards also welcomed the presence of many journalists from Europe and America currently in Paris to attend the Unifrance-organized Rendez-Vous with French Cinema event. This awards ceremony is organized by the Académie des Lumières, which was founded in 1995 at the initiative of Daniel Toscan du Plantier and the American journalist Edward Behr.
The following organizations are partners of the event: CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Unifrance, Paris City Hall, TV5MONDE, the French Union of Film Critics (Syndicat français de la critique de cinéma, SFCC), the Quebec Society for the Development of Cultural Enterprises (Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec, Sodec), and the Technical Image and Sound Commission (Commission supérieure technique de l’image et du son, CST).