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Love Affair(s) triumphs at the Lumières Awards

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- Emmanuel Mouret’s feature wins the Award for Best Film; Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa share the prize for Best Actress while Sami Bouajila is named Best Actor

Love Affair(s) triumphs at the Lumières Awards
Emmanuel Mouret at the photocall of the 26th Lumières Awards (© Moreau-Perusseau/Bestimage)

Handed out by foreign journalists stationed in Paris to the best French and French-speaking films and artists during a ceremony (attended this year only by the winners and by those handing out the awards) shown on Canal+, the 26th Lumières Awards have crowned Emmanuel Mouret’s Love Affair(s) [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuel Mouret
film profile
]
as the best film of 2020. Recipient of an Official Selection Cannes 2020 label, and starring among others  Camélia Jordana, Niels Schneider, Vincent Macaigne, Jenna Thiam, Guillaume Gouix, Émilie Dequenne and Julia Piaton, this Moby Dick Films production distributed in France by Pyramide last September, is sold internationally by Elle Driver.

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Two of Us [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Filippo Meneghetti
film profile
]
from young Italian filmmaker Filippo Meneghetti, the French submission for the 2021 Best International Feature Film Oscar, scored two awards: the Lumières award for Best Feature Debut, and the one for Best Actress, shared by  Martine Chevallier and German actress Barbara Sukowa.

The international press also awarded Sami Bouajila, with the award for Best Actor, recognising his performance in Mehdi M. Barsaoui’s A Son [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mehdi M Barsaoui and Sami B…
film profile
]
.

The Lumières Award for Best Director went to Maïwenn for DNA [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, while the award for Best Script went to Stéphane Demoustier for The Girl with a Bracelet [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Stéphane Demoustier
film profile
]
, and the documentary category was dominated by David Dufresne’s The Monopoly of Violence [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: David Dufresne
film profile
]
.

Aurel’s Josep [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aurel
film profile
]
was crowned twice, winning awards for Best Animated Film and the prize for Best Music  going to Silvia Pérez Cruz.

François Ozon’s Summer of 85 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
also left the ceremony with two awards: the duo Félix Lefebvre - Benjamin Voisin sharing the award for Most Promising Actor and Hichame Alaouié winning the award for Best Photography.

Finally, two films whose late-2020 releases had to be delayed due to the brutal decision not to reopen French cinemas on 15 December, but which were kept among the nominees out of solidarity, complete the list of winners: Charlène Favier’s Slalom [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Charlène Favier
film profile
]
, with the Most Promising Actress award going to Noée Abita, and Kaouther Ben Hania’s The Man Who Sold His Skin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kaouther Ben Hania
film profile
]
which was named Best International Co-Production.

The full list of award winners:

Best Film
Love Affair(s) [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuel Mouret
film profile
]
- Emmanuel Mouret (France)

Best Director
Maïwenn – DNA [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(France)

Best Script
Stéphane Demoustier - The Girl with a Bracelet [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Stéphane Demoustier
film profile
]
(France/Belgium)

Best Documentary
The Monopoly of Violence [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: David Dufresne
film profile
]
- David Dufresne (France)

Best Animated Film
Josep [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Aurel
film profile
]
– Aurel (France/Spain)

Best Actress
Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa – Two of Us [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Filippo Meneghetti
film profile
]
(France/Luxembourg/Belgium)

Best Actor
Sami Bouajila – A Son [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mehdi M Barsaoui and Sami B…
film profile
]
(Tunisia/France/Lebanon/Qatar)

Most Promising Actress
Noée Abita – Slalom [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Charlène Favier
film profile
]
(France/Belgium)

Most Promising Actor
Félix Lefebvre and Benjamin Voisin - Summer of 85 [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(France/Belgium)

Best Feature Debut
Two of Us – Filippo Meneghetti

Best International Co-Production
The Man Who Sold His Skin [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kaouther Ben Hania
film profile
]
– Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia/France/Belgium/Germany/Sweden)

Best Cinematography
Hichame Alaouié - Summer of 85

Best Music
Silvia Pérez Cruz - Josep

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