Ten awards were presented at the 18th Lumiere Awards ceremony, which was hosted by Victoria Abril.
Love (Amour) by Michael Haneke was crowned as Best Film, with Best Actress and Best Actor honors going to Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Jacques Audiard picked up the Best Director award for Rust & Bone, and shared the Best Screenplay award with Thomas Bidegain.
Noémie Lvovsky received the Lumiere Special Prize for Camille Rewinds. Her leading ladies Judith Chemla, Julia Faure, and India Hair were jointly awarded the Lumiere Award for Most Promising Actress. Most Promising Actor honors went to Ernst Umhauer for his performance in François Ozon's In the House.
The award for Best Francophone Film (from outside France) was won by The Pirogue by Moussa Touré.
The Special Prize from the Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son (CST) went to Antoine Héberlé, cinematographer of Inheritance and A Few Hours of Spring.
Claudia Cardinale was presented with an Honorary Lumiere Award for her lifetime achievement in the movie industry.
The Lumiere Academy also organized a number of meetings in the past year between movie industry professionals from French-speaking countries. The subjects of these meetings included Tunisian Cinema, which featured a program of screenings, meetings, discussions, and a master class led by the director Férid Boughedir (Halfaouine, l’enfant des terrasses, Un été à la Goulette).
It may be recalled that these awards are presented by foreign media correspondents based in Paris, who are grouped together at the Lumiere Academy.
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