'The Sisters Brothers' wins top prize at France's Lumière awards

Screen | 3/2/2018 | Staff
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Jacques Audiard’s dark comedy western The Sisters Brothers, co-starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, won best film and best director at the 24th edition of France’s Lumière awards on Monday evening.

In a third prize for Audiard’s English-language debut, Benoît Debie, who was also nominated for his work on Gaspar Noé’s Climax, 
won best cinematography.

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The Sisters Brothers was a front-runner at the nomination stage alongside comedy of manners Mademoiselle de Joncquières, adoption drama Pupille and Venice-winning divorce drama Custody although there were no stand-out favourites this year.

It is only the second time an English-language film has won best film in the awards focused on French cinema, after Luc Besson’s English-language epic The Messenger: The Story Of Joan of Arc in 2000.

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Emmanuel Mouret’s Mademoiselle de Joncquières went home empty-handed but Pupille won best actress for Elodie Bouchet, for her performance as a single woman trying to adopt a baby born to an anonymous mother.

It is the second time she has scooped the best actress Lumière, having won the prize in 1999 for her performance in Erick Zonca’s The Dreamlife Of Angels.

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“It’s a bit like being in the World Cup, 20 years later I win it again,” she quipped, referring to France’s Soccer World Cup victory last year after a 20-year gap.

Xavier Legrand’s tough divorce drama Custody won best first film.

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Other winners of the evening were Alex Lutz’s comedy-drama Guy, about a man who discovers he is the secret son of a forgotten pop star and decides to seek him out.

The 40-year-old director and comedy actor Lutz won best actor for his performance as the ageing star, for which he transformed himself into a 74-year-old man.

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