Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Les Lauréats des 6e Prix Henri-Langlois (French film awards)

The city of Vincennes, France, presented their annual Prix Henri-Langlois (Henri Langlois awards) at their City Hall to distinguished cinéastes and film professionals. Writer/director Roman Polanski was awarded the Prix Henri-Langlois d'Honneur 2011 (Prize of Honor) in recognition of his 50-year career. He himself had presented the Prix Henri-Langlois - Révélations (Discovery Prize) to debut-filmmaker Christopher Thompson for his film Bus Palladium.

In addition to hosting the ceremony, Gisèle Casadesus picked up an award for her career achievement. Michael Lonsdale was also recognized for his career as well as his role in Des hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men).

Other directors who received prizes included
Bertrand Blier, Benoît Jacquot, Tony Gatlif, and Chad's Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for his career and for Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man). Composer Francis Lai (Love Story, Stranger Than Fiction) was honoured for his work scoring films.

The Henri Langlois awards are given annually to actors, directors, technicians or those in the film industry, who have had or will have an influence on the art of cinema, but also to international institutions that work to preserve film heritage. The awards are named in honour of Henri Langlois, co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française and also the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). In addition to being an influence on the French Nouvelle Vague ("New Wave") filmmakers, he received an honourary Academy Award in 1974.

Complete list of recipients of the 6e Prix Henri-Langlois

Roman Polanski

Prix Henri-Langlois d'Honneur 2011 (Prize of Honor),
for his entire film career (50 years).

Mademoiselle Gisèle Casadesus,
Host of the ceremony
Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 Comédienne (Actress prize)
, for her entire career.

Michael Lonsdale

Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 Comédien (Actor prize),
for his performance in the film Des hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men) and his entire career.

Bertrand Blier, director 
Prix Henri-Langlois 2011,
for his
deliberately provocative, disturbing and non-conformist cinematic universe, and in particular for his film Le bruit des glaçons (The Clink of Ice).

Benoît Jacquot
, director
Trophée Coup de Cœur 2011 de l'association Henri-Langlois (Jury Favourite
), for his cinematic qualities, strong originality and his mesmerizing film Au fond des bois (Deep in the woods).

Tony Gatlif,
director and producer
Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 - Humanisme & engagement (humanism & commitment), for his
original, poetic and dreamlike cinematic universe and in particular for his film Liberté (Freedom).

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, director of Chad

Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 - Cinémas du Monde, d'ici & d'ailleurs (Cinemas of the World, here & elsewhere), for all his accomplishments and especially for his latest film Un homme qui crie (A Screaming Man).

Michel Ocelot
, director and producer
Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 - Film d'Animation et de l’image animée (Film Animation and Moving Image); for Lifetime Achievement

Christopher Thompson, actor

Prix Henri-Langlois - Révélations 2011 (Discovery)
; for his first feature film as director, Bus Palladium.

Francis Lai, film composer

Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 - Compositeur de Musiques pour l'image; for his entire career.

Simon Simsi
, president of Les Acacias
Prix Henri-Langlois - Ville de Vincennes 2011 - Promotion et défense du Cinéma (Promotion and Defence of Cinema); for his work as an independent operator, distributor, producer and president of l'Association des distributeurs de films de patrimoine.

Filmoteca de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 - Cinémathèques et restaurations; to mark the Year of France in Mexico, the 100 years of the university and 50 years of its film library.

Équipe Cousteau - The Cousteau Society

Prix Henri-Langlois 2011 – Cinémathèques et restaurations; on the occasion of 55 years of Cousteau's film Le Monde du silence (The Silent World), his Palme d'Or and the Oscar. 

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