Premiers Plans crowns Oslo, August 31st and Atomic Age
by Fabien Lemercier
30/01/2012 - Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the European competition and Best Actor for Anders Danielsen Lie: Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st [trailer, film focus] dominated the prize list at the 24th Premiers Plans Film Festival in Angers, which closed yesterday. Unveiled in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 and shown, among others, at Toronto and the recent Sundance, this feature is a loose adaptation of Pierre Drieu La Rochelle’s novel Will O’ The Wisp (previously brought to the big screen by Louis Malle in 1963). It will be released in French theatres on February 29 by Memento.
The jury presided by film director Christophe Honoré awarded the Best Actress gong to the trio in Milagros Mumenthaler’s Swiss/Argentine/Dutch co-production Back To Stay [trailer, film focus] (winner of the Golden Leopard at Locarno): María Canale, Ailín Salas and Martina Juncadella.
The French feature film competition was topped by Héléna Klotz’s debut feature Atomic Age, which has been selected in the Panorama at the upcoming Berlinale (February 9-19, 2012). Scripted by the director (daughter of filmmaking couple Nicolas Klotz and Elizabeth Perceval), the film centres on two young suburbanites (played by Dominick Wojcik and Eliott Paquet) who come to spend an evening in Paris, rushing from disappointment to disappointment, from fruitless flirting to street fights, before going away into the city night towards the forest… Produced by Kidam with Arte France, this debut feature is sold internationally by Rendez-vous Pictures.
The Audience Awards went to Michale Boganim’s French/German/Polish co-production Land of Oblivion [trailer] (unveiled in Venice Critics’ Week – see news) for the European competition, and Estelle Larrivaz’s Pet Paradise (see news) for the French features section.
(Translated from French)