Golden Star for Kechiche's 'Secret'


PARIS -- Abdellatif Kechiche's immigrant drama "The Secret of the Grain" continued its winning streak with the prize for best film of the year at the Etoiles d'or de la presse (Golden Star Awards) Monday night in Paris.

Kechiche also won the award for best director and best screenplay for his film, and saw lead actress Hafsia Herzi walk away with the best female newcomer prize.

Pathe's Jerome Seydoux and Francois Ivernel were also crowned with Golden Stars for "Secret," named best producer and best distributor respectively.

Oscar favorite and Golden Globe winner "La Vie en Rose" star Marion Cotillard had to share the spotlight with "Anna M."'s Isabelle Carre for the best actress award. Mathieu Amalric took home the best actor prize for his role as paralyzed Elle editor Dominique Bauby in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Parannaud won the best first film award for animated political satire "Persepolis" and Barbet Schroeder's "Terror's Advocate" was named best documentary.

"99 Francs" actor Jocelyn Quivrin shared the best male newcomer prize with his "Romance of Astree and Celadon" co-star Andy Gillet.

"The Secret of the Grain," which has already sold over 635,000 tickets in France, will be released in the U.K. on Sept. 5. The film has no U.S. release date, and is being sold by Pathe International.