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PARIS — The drums were pounding in Gaul on Monday night as scribe Alain Monne received France’s 21st annual Grand Prize for best screenplay for “Percussions” at a ceremony held at Paris’ Cinema de L’Arlequin theater.
The award is funded by state film body the CNC and given to writers who have had no more than three of their screenplays produced.
The 2007 jury was presided over by actress Marianne Basler and included last year’s prize-winner, Martin Provost, along with industry execs Sophie Dulac, Pierre Heros, Jean Labadie and Geraldine Gendre.
“Percussions,” an adaptation of Eric Holder’s novel “L’Homme de Chevet,” is the story of an unexpected encounter between a former boxer and the young quadriplegic woman he looks after.
The film is produced by Cine Nomine and Thelma Films. Honorable mention went to Reza Serkanian for her “Ephemeral Wedding,” an Overlap Films production.
This year’s other finalists included: Karin Albou for “The Brides’ Song,” Valerie Gaudissart for “I’m a Terrorist,” Annemarie Jacir for “Salt of This Sea” and Jean-Claude Jean for “Cendrine.”
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