'Tell No One' takes top Lumiere prizes


PARIS -- Guillaume Canet's "Tell No One" lit up France's Lumiere awards Monday night, collecting the prize for best picture in addition to the audience award chosen by Internet voters.

The actor-director's adaptation of Harlan Coben's best-selling crime novel, about a man who discovers his dead wife may be alive, is up for nine Cesar awards and has already hit boxoffice gold with more than 2.8 million tickets sold to date.

Paris' foreign press, which vote for the awards, proved to be "Lady Chatterley" lovers, giving the prize for best director to Pascale Ferran for her take on D.H. Lawrence's sensual period novel.

Marina Hands picked up the best actress nod for the film as well.

Veteran thesp Gerard Depardieu took home the award for best actor for his role as a washed-up music man in Xavier Giannoli's "The Singer."

Real-life lovers Melanie Laurent and Julian Boisselier are doing just fine after both were named most promising female and male newcomer, respectively, for their powerful performances in Philippe Lioret's quiet hit "Don't Worry, I'm Fine," about a young girl who battles with anorexia and emotional crises when her twin brother suddenly disappears.

Rachid Bouchareb won the prize for best screenplay for his Oscar hopeful "Days of Glory," about Algerian soldiers fighting for France during World War II.

Abderrahmane Sissako's "Bamako" was chosen as best film in the French language hailing from a country other than France. The 12th edition of these veritable Golden Globes a la francaise was presided over by Isabelle Mergault and held at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris.