Berri's 'Hunting' gathers Raimu Prize


PARIS -- The Raimu Prize jury hunted down Gallic director Claude Berri on Monday night for the top honor for best comedy of the year for "Hunting and Gathering" at the second annual awards ceremony in Paris.

The new prize, created in 2006 to honor the granddaughter of actor Jules Raimu, awards the best comedic performances of the year both onstage and onscreen.

"Hunting" stars Audrey Tautou and last year's winner of the Cesar for best director, Guillaume Canet, in the adaptation of a novel by Anna Gavalda about four people who cross paths in the apartment building in which they live.

Actor Jean Dujardin took the prize for comedian of the year in the film category for his starring role in Jan Koenen's boxoffice hit "99 Francs," and Charlotte Gainsbourg won the same honor in the female category for her role in Eric Lartigau's "I Do."

Julie Gayet was named best supporting actress and Laurent Stocker best supporting actor. Actor Andre Dussolier was honored with a tribute to his career.

John Malkovich took the prize for best director in the theater category for his recent on stage hit in the territory "Good Canary."

The high-profile jury was composed of producer Alain Attal, director Daniele Thompson, journalist Philippe Alexandre and actors Nicolas Duvauchelle and Frederic Diefenthal.

Stars turned out for the ceremony hosted by French TV personality Ariel Wizman at Paris' Espace Cardin.