French comedy wins top Script Prize

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PARIS -- French scribes were in the spotlight Wednesday at the inaugural Jacques Prevert Script Prize ceremony, presented by Gallic screenwriters guild the UGS (L'Union Guilde des Scenaristes).

The prize for best original screenplay went to Christophe Turpin and Laurent Tuel for Tuel's "Jean-Philippe," a comedy about a man who wakes up in a parallel universe where his idol -- real-life French pop star Johnny Hallyday -- doesn't exist.

Jean-Francois Halin took home the best adaptation award for "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies," Michel Hazanavicius' local boxoffice hit starring Jean Dujardin as a Gallic James Bond.

Actor-director Vincent Perez presided over the ceremony, which took place at Maxim's restaurant in Paris.
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