France Televisions cleans up at Fiction fest


PARIS -- French public TV group France Televisions was the big winner at the 9th annual Festival of TV Fiction, taking 13 of 16 prizes as the fest wrapped in La Rochelle over the weekend.

The 5-day event gave its grand prize to France 3's telefilm "Maman est Folle" (Mom is Crazy), which also took home awards for best screenplay, kid's choice and best actress -- for Isabelle Carre, who shared the prize with Marthe Keller of the network's "Le Lien."

The film, directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris and written by Ameris and Olivier Adam, was produced by Escazal Films with the participation of France 3. It follows a young mother who forges an unlikely friendship with an illegal immigrant and helps him escape to London at the expense of her own family.

Daniel Prevost won the Best Actor award for France 2 telefilm "Monsieur Joseph," which will air on the network on Wednesday during primetime.

The jury prize went to "Le Lien." Popular Gallic soap "Plus Belle la Vie" took home the audience award for best TV series.