13 juillet 2024

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38th Cabourg Romantic Film Festival

The jury of the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival, chaired this year by actress Virginie Efira, awarded "My favourite cake", an Iranian feature film by Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha.

The jury of the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival, chaired this year by actress Virginie Efira, awarded “My favourite cake”, an Iranian feature film by Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha.

The two directors were not there to walk the red carpet with the “Swann d’Or” that was awarded to them.

They are still subject to a ban from the regime to leave the country.

The film will be released in France by the end of the year.

The atmosphere of this competition is very different from that of the Cannes Film Festival, less glamorous, less glitter, less media coverage, but more simplicity, proximity to the stars, human warmth despite the rather cool temperature of this gloomy start to summer.

The weather was even downright rainy on June 13 – quite surprising for Normandy – so much so that the photocall had to be held indoors.

The next day, the day of the first red carpet of the jury members, it rained cats and dogs until 7pm when suddenly, miracle, the sun came back!
In a magnificent light, Facing the Sea, between the Grand Hotel where the soul of Proust still shines and the abandoned beach, the stars paraded and posed, alone or side by side.

The girls of the seaside were great.
There were many of them in men’s suits, glamorous and feminine version with heels, hoop earrings or tight tops, androgynous look, like Emmanuelle Béart, Virginie Efira, Clotilde Courau, Sandrine Kiberlain, Nelly Auteuil, Laëtitia Edo, Aure Atika, Mentissa, Julie Pietri, Jessica Palud and Laurette Polmanss.

Also shining under the Normandy sun and then the spotlights were Daniel Auteuil, who came to present his latest film “Le Fil” and who was awarded a Swann d’Honneur for his entire body of work, Guillaume Canet, Swann Best Actor for Hors-Saison, Raphaël Thiery, Swann Coup de Coeur, Hugo Gelin, Victor Belmondo whose feature film “Elle et Lui” and the “Rest of the World” will be released on June 19, Artus, Vassili Schneider, Xavier Lacaille, Vincent Delerm, Tété …
And … Dany Boon, who came with his partner Laurence Arné to promote their latest film “La Famille Hennedricks”.
Gino, a charming little puppy recently adopted, never left Laurence’s side and even nearly tripped her … A tragedy was narrowly avoided as the celebrity press pointed out.

Cannes has its Palme d’Or, Cabourg has its Swann, trophies awarded to actors, representing two swans embracing, ready to fly away and gracefully forming a heart.

We owe these romantic creations to the Monnaie de Paris, an institution responsible for minting coins that is increasingly anchored in culture and the artistic field.

Created in 1983 by Gonzague St Bris, a deceased writer and journalist, the Romantic Film Festival was held from June 12 to 16, 2024 at the Grand Hôtel de Cabourg as well as in Houlgate and Dives-sur-Mer, neighboring towns that hosted the films in competition in its cinemas.
“We are a Romantic Film Festival where the human dimension is essential, and where the works that are presented must be welcomed by a generous, open and enthusiastic jury. Artistic transversality is very important to maintain a form of openness. I feed off human and artistic encounters throughout the year in the four corners of the world and sometimes right next door to my home”, Suzel Pietri, general delegate of the Cabourg Festival.

Next year, I’ll go back to Swann’s…

The complete list of winners of these 38th Romantic Days of Cabourg:

  • HONORARY SWANN: Daniel Auteuil
  • BEST FILM: The Count of Monte Cristo by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Stéphane Brizé for Hors-Saison
  • BEST ACTOR: Guillaume Canet in Hors-Saison
  • BEST ACTRESS: Alba Rohrwacher in Hors-Saison
  • BEST FEMALE REVELATION: Céleste Brunnquell in Fifi
  • BEST MALE REVELATION: Xavier Lacaille in Bis Repetita
  • FAVORITE: Raphaël Thiéry in The Clay Man
  • BEST FIRST FILM: A Few Days No More by Julie Navarro
  • GONZAGUE SAINT BRIS PRIZE FOR BEST LITERARY ADAPTATION: Jessica Palud and Laurette Polmanss for Maria
  • GRAND PRIZE: My Favourite Cake by Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha
  • SPECIAL MENTION: Eat The Night by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel
  • YOUTH JURY PRIZE: WhenThe Light Breaks by Rúnar Rúnarsson
  • AUDIENCE PRIZE: Le Panache by Jennifer Devoldère
  • FIRST WOMEN’S DATE: Stéphane Caillard in Flo
  • FIRST MEN’S DATE: Michael Zindel in The Last of the Jews
  • BEST SHORT FILM PRIZE: How to Know..? by Joachim Larrieu
  • BEST ACTRESS: Sadaf Asgari in Na Marei by Léa-Jade Horlier
  • BEST ACTOR: Xavier Lacaille in Bornéo by Bastien Daret
  • STUDENT JURY PRIZE: Bingo by Fanny Ruwet

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