Magazine article Screen International

Aki Kaurismaki's le Havre Wins Louis Delluc Prize

Magazine article Screen International

Aki Kaurismaki's le Havre Wins Louis Delluc Prize

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Aki Kaurismaki wins Louis Delluc Prize for best French film in 2011. Picture is also Finland's Foreign Language Oscar contender this year.

Finnish Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre has won the prestigious Louis Delluc Prize, for best French film in 2011, jury president Gilles Jacob announced at the annual ceremony at Le Fouquet's on Friday.

Kaurismäki's tale about a former artist-turned-shoe shiner, living in the northern French port of Le Havre, who befriends a young, illegal, North African immigrant, is the Finnish director's second French-language picture after his 1991, Paris-set La Vie de Bohème.

"We left Cannes feeling a bit disappointed so this is a lovely gift with which to end the year, especially in the face of such brilliant competition," said producer Stéphane Parthenay, accepting the award on Kaurismäki's behalf. …

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