Rachid Djaidani's 'Hold Back' Wins Bordeaux Film Festival's Big Prize
The French coastal town also launched a new showcase of independent films from around the world.
PARIS - Rachid Djaidani's Hold Back (Rengaine) picked up the Golden Moon prize at the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival, which drew to a close Oct. 7.
Djaidani's feature directorial debut garnered attention during the Festival de Cannes earlier this year where it premiered at Directors' Fortnight.
The humorous DIY effort filmed with a handheld camera sees a French-Algerian woman decides to marry her black boyfriend and faces intense opposition by her 40 brothers.
The U.S. was repped in Bordeaux by two movies, Adam Leon's Gimme the Loot and Devyn Waitt's Not Waving But Drowning, in a selection comprising eight titles from various countries.
The Hollywood Reporter reviewer Jordan Mintzer was a member of the jury headed by French actress Nathalie Baye.
A jury composed of students awarded the festival's second prize, the Silver Moon, to Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral.
Guest of honor Jonathan Caouette introduced his own work as well as a screening of Robert Altman's Three Women.
The festival's Godfather Olivier Assayas introduced his new film Something In The Air at the opening ceremony and was celebrated through a partial retrospective.
Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé presided over the closing ceremony alongside director Costa-Gavras, who presented a premiere of his financial thriller Capital.
It was the first edition of the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival, which was programmed by Leo Soesanto, a film critic for French weekly magazine Les Inrocks.
Soesanto reported enthusiastic audience reactions and shared the organizers' ambitions for the future.
"We are planning to extend the festival to other venues next year, so as to explore on a larger scale the vast territory of independent cinema," Soesanto said.
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