Angoulême sets up for A Story of Love and Desire, The True Family and the Black Box


Oscillating between thriller, drama and romantic comedy, the winners of the fourteenth edition of the Francophone Film Festival launched an abundant return to French cinema, despite the entry into force of the health pass.

There was something for everyone this year at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival. Between the aerial survey of Pierre Niney in Black Box, the sentimental education of Ahmed, in A story of love and desire, or the heartbreak of a foster mother in The True Family, the 14th Angoumois edition has swept the broad spectrum of a return to French cinema which promises to be abundant.

It is A story of love and desire, of the Tunisian Leyla Bouzid who won Sunday the awards for best film and best actor on the last day of the Angoulême film festival, which in a few years has become a kind of barometer of French-speaking cinema.

Noticed in July at the Cannes Film Festival, A story of love and desire narrates the sentimental education of Ahmed, a young man from the Parisian suburbs.

Among the ten feature films in the running for a “Valois”, the jury prize chaired by filmmaker Nicole Garcia goes to The True Family by Frenchman Fabien Gorgeart, who also won an “Actress Valois” for Mélanie Thierry, in the role of a foster mother torn apart by the departure of a little boy.

The night of kings by Franco-Ivorian Philippe Lacôte, immersed in an overpopulated African prison, was also rewarded for his staging and his music. On-line spectator voting for its part Black Box by Frenchman Yann Gozlan, an investigation into an air crash, with Pierre Niney.

Another film to win a double price especially for the scenario, My legionary by the French Rachel Lang, tells the story of the life of couples under the flags of the Foreign Legion.

The jury of French-speaking students, chaired by actress Anne Parillaud, awarded him its prize at Small type by Samuel Theis, story of a boy struggling against his social condition.

Despite a still very unfavorable context for cinemas, which are struggling to find their audience, this edition with masks and rigorous health pass, exceeds expectations with at least 36,000 seats sold for some 70 films screened since Tuesday (against 27,000 in 2020), an assessment that brings him closer to the 40,000 moviegoers of the pre-pandemic.

The festival, which has in the past rewarded, or launched, future popular successes such as Untouchables (2011) or Guillaume and the boys, at the table! (2013), had crowned in 2020 Ibrahim, by Samir Guesmi, a film of rare sensitivity whose Le Figaro is a partner.

Awards 2021:

Valois de Diamant: A story of love and desire by Leyla Bouzid

Valois of the Jury: The True Family by Fabien Gorgeart

Valois from the public: Black Box by Yann Gozlan

Valois for French-speaking students: Small type by Samuel Theis

Valois from the screenplay: Rachel Lang for my legionary

Valois René Laloux (animated short): It was not Burgundy by Mathias de Panafieu

Valois of music: Olivier Alary for The Night of the Kings by Philippe Lacôte

Valois of the staging: The Night of the Kings

Valois of the actress: Mélanie Thierry in The True Family

Special mention: Ina Marija Bartaité in my legionary by Rachel Lang

Valois of the actor: Sami Outalbali in A story of love and desire

Valois Rothschild Martin Maurel awarded to a producer by distributors: Laetitia Galitzine and Aurélie Rouvière for Antoinette in the Cévennes

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