'17 Girls' to Be Awarded Michel d’Ornano Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival

The Michel d’Ornano prize goes to a first French film in order to support its release.

 

PARIS -- Pregnant teenage girls have won over the hearts of this year’s Michel d’Ornano Prize jury with Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s 17 Girls set to receive the award for best first French film at this year’s upcoming Deauville American Film Festival in September.

The film, based on a true story, follows 17 teenage girls who all decide to get pregnant at the same time.

A jury of international Ango-Saxon journalists voted for the prize that will be awarded during the fests’ closing ceremonies on Sept. 10.

The Michel d’Ornano prize goes to a first French film in order to support its release with $4,300 to the directors, $4,300 to the film’s producer Denis Freyd and $14,300 to the film’s French distributor Diaphana Distribution.

The film screened in competition in this year’s Festival de Cannes Critics Week sidebar and will be released in France on Dec. 7, 2011 after its screening in Deauville.

The Deauville American Film Festival runs Sept. 2 – 11 in the Normandy seaside town.

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