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LA ROCHE-SUR-YON 2018 Awards

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? comes out on top at La Roche-sur-Yon

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- The documentary by Italy’s Roberto Minervini has gone home with the Grand Prix, while the audience plumped for Nathan Ambrosioni’s Paper Flags

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? comes out on top at La Roche-sur-Yon
What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire? by Roberto Minervini

The international competition jury at the ninth La Roche­-sur­-Yon International Film Festival has handed its 2018 Grand Prix (which comes with €15,000 for French distribution, courtesy of Ciné+) to What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Minervini
film profile
]
 by Italy’s Roberto Minervini, a documentary first unveiled in competition at Venice. Sold by The Match Factory, this Italian-US-French co-production will be released in French theatres on 5 December by Shellac, its French co-producer.

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The jury, made up of French producer Marie-Ange Luciani (of Les Films de Pierre), Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid and Italy’s Giona A Nazzaro (Venice International Film Critics’ Week), also handed out two Special Jury Prizes, which were split between the Irish-UK-US production The Favourite [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos (set to come out in France on 6 February 2019, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox) and Profile by Russia’s Timur Bekmambetov.

The New Waves Competition, which included features, medium-length films and shorts, was won by the French-Belgian production D'un château l'autre by Emmanuel Marre (39 minutes), while two Special Mentions were presented to The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin by Benjamin Crotty (26 minutes) and the feature One Cut of the Dead by Japan’s Shinichiro Ueda.

Lastly, Paper Flags [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 by young French helmer Nathan Ambrosioni (aged 19) scooped both the Secondary-school Jury Award and the Audience Award.

Here is the complete list of winners:

International Competition

Ciné+ Jury Grand Prix
What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Minervini
film profile
]
 - Roberto Minervini (Italy/USA/France)

Special Jury Prize (ex-aequo)
The Favourite [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 - Yorgos Lanthimos (Ireland/UK/USA)
Profile - Timur Bekmambetov (USA/UK/Cyprus/Russia)

New Waves Competition 

New Waves Award
D'un château l'autre - Emmanuel Marre (France/Belgium) (medium-length film)

Special Mention 
The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin - Benjamin Crotty (France) (short film)
One Cut of the Dead - Shinichiro Ueda (Japan) 

Other awards

Secondary-school Jury Award
Paper Flags [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
 – Nathan Ambrosioni (France)

Audience Award
Paper Flags – Nathan Ambrosioni

(Translated from French)

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