French film critics pick Rust & Bone over Michael Haneke's Amour.
Fabien Lemercier

20 Feb 2013 - 8:01 AM  UPDATED 20 Feb 2013 - 8:01 AM

With four prizes in this 14th edition of the Golden Stars awarded by French cinema journalists and movie critics, Rust&Bone by Jacques Audiard beats Amour by Michael Haneke, which won the Best Director and Best Actor awards (Jean-Louis Trintignant).

Rust and Bone won: Best Film, Best Actress (Marion Cotillard), Best Screenplay (Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain) and Best Male Newcomer (Matthias Schoenaerts).

It is worth thinking about these results since the Césars (article) will be awarded on February 22nd. Indeed, over the past few years, the 450 members of the Golden Stars' jury and the 4,200 members of the Academy of Film Arts and Techniques (who vote at the Césars) have very often opted for the same film. Winning prizes around the world, will Love be snubbed in its majority production country (France)? We'll have the answer on Friday night.

The Golden Star for Best First Movie went to Louise Wimmer by Cyril Mennegun (review), while Invisible by Sébastien Lifshitz won Best Documentary, and Izïa Higelin carried off the title for Best Female Newcomer for her performance in Mauvaise fille. Finally, the international star Alexandre Desplat won the Golden Star for Best Original Soundtrack Compositor.

As for prizes awarded to the industry, Diaphana (directed by Michel Saint-Jean, which launched Bad Seeds by Safy Nebbou last summer and is currently handling post-production of Je fais le mort by Jean-Paul Salomé – article) won the Golden Star for Best Producer, while Gaumont was acclaimed in the Distribution category.

Translated from French

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