France's Academy of Film Arts and Sciences Names Les Films du Poisson Best Producers

Les Films du Poisson

The company's Yael Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez received the honor at the 4th annual Daniel Toscan du Plantier Prize ceremony in Paris on Monday night.

PARIS – France's Academy of Film Arts and Sciences named Les Films du Poisson producing duo Yael Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez best producers of the year at the 4th annual Daniel Toscan du Plantier Prize ceremony in Paris on Monday night.

"The Princess of Montpensier" herself, actress Melanie Thierry, joined French Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterand to present the prize during a swank dinner at Parisian palace the George V Four Seasons hotel. While Gonzalez was, in true French fashion, "on vacation," Fogiel accepted the prize for the prolific production team behind this year's films: Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree, Mathieu Amalric's On Tour and Jean-Christope Klotz's Lignes de front.

Bertuccelli and Amalric joined Fogiel and the Films du Poisson team to celebrate the award.

"People seemed so happy when they said their names," Amalric said after watching the short but sweet ceremony, adding: "This year, they made three films that weren't easy to produce so the fact that their colleagues recognize that is beautiful to watch."

The prize is named for Daniel Toscan du Plantier, producer and head of French film promotion organization Unifrance, who died in 2003. A hand-picked jury composed of the members of France's Association for Film Promotion, plus last year's Cesar award winners, chose from a pool of 158 eligible producers for films made in 2010.

"It's very important for us," Fogiel said of the prize. She added: "As independent producers, it's wonderful to see that people are happy to give us this prize. These were films we made from our hearts so we're happy to share them. It's great." French film industry heavyweights and VIPs were in tow for the dinner that saw Roman Polanski and Festival de Cannes' artistic director Thierry Fremaux dine side-by-side as Bertrand Tavernier, actress Julie Gayet and Canal Plus' CEO Rodolphe Belmer joined them for the convivial three-course meal.

Fresh off of his departure from EuropaCorp, Pierre-Ange le Pogom mingled at a nearby table as the evening wrapped with a tiramisu and anticipation for the Academy's big night on Friday when the 36th annual Cesar Awards light up the French capital.