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Sundance winner Whiplash won the Grand Prize in Deauville Saturday night, awarded by the jury including incoming Cannes president Pierre Lescure and legendary French directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch, Andre Techine and Costa-Gavras.
Chazelle said that receiving the prize from the jury stacked with Oscar, Cesar and Palme d’Or winners was a special honor.
“I feel like Deauville has taken a little piece of me, mostly my money at the casino, but this makes up for it,” said star Miles Teller, adding that this is his first trip to Europe.
The jury could not choose just two films, and created a special award, the 40th Anniversary Award, which was presented before the big winner. It went to Things People Do, the Jason Isaacs and Wes Bentley drama from director Saar Klein.
“When you come to the end of a film, you have a bit of postpartum, you get really depressed, and you’re not sure if you want to make another one. You people really energized me and gave me the kick in the pants to do it again,” said Klein.
The separate Revelation jury of director Audrey Dana, Anne Beres, Lola Bessis, singer Christine & the Queens, Bates Motel actor Freddie Highmore and The Tunnel actress Clemence Poesy, awarded the Cartier prize for best first film to Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. The film was “a door that opened into a new world, a world we didn’t know existed, a world full of explosive poetry, and that is a revelation,” said Poesy when announcing the winner.
“Normally, I spend most of my time alone in Los Angeles in a room like a madman, thinking of crazy shit like Iranian vampires,” said Amirpour, adding that the award made her “feel like a madman with a purpose.”
David Robert Mitchell‘s It Follows took the critics’ prize. “It’s really wonderful to be back here four years later with my second film,” said Mitchell, whose The Myth of the American Sleepover took the jury prize in 2010.
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