Deauville: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Wins Top Honors
DEAUVILLE -- The 39th American Film Festival handed out its awards, with Night Moves taking the top honors.
The Grand Prix was awarded to director Kelly Reichardt for her domestic terrorism thriller. Reichardt could not attend the festival but gave an acceptance speech by Skype from her home in New York.
In a rare move, the jury -- presided over by president Vincent Lindon and jurors Lou Doillon, Jean Echenoz, Helene Fillieres, Xavier Giannoli, Famke Janssen, Pierre Lescure, Bruno Nuytten and Rebecca Zlotowski -- decided to hand out two Prix du Jury.
The first went to J.C. Chandor’s man-against-the-elements drama All is Lost. The second was given to Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear of the Closing Doors. Fleischner thanked the audience, then admitted he was nervous and asked the audience that included Tilda Swinton to join him in an auditorium-wide hum to calm his nerves.
Ryan Coogler’s Sundance favorite Fruitvale Station proved to be a favorite here too, taking home both the audience award and the Cartier Revelation Prize for a first film. The Cartier Revelation Prize was awarded by jury president Valerie Donzelli and members Laurence Arne, Vincent Lacoste, Geraldine Maillet and Woodkid.
The International Critics Prize was awarded to Chris Eska’s The Retrival. Eska noted that he loved the intimate and friendly nature of the small festival and the quaint seaside town. “It’s already been the greatest festival experience of my life, and now I don’t know what to say.”
The Prix Michel D’Ornano, awarded for a first French film, was given to Guillaume Gallienne’s comedy Les Garcons et Guillaume, a Table! (Me, Myself and Mum).
“As an actor, it is quite rare to be able to thank journalists,” he joked in his acceptance speech.
The Lucien Barriere Literary Prize was awarded to Richard Ford for Canada. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author accepted his award in a ceremony on Wednesday.