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Directed by: LUDOVIC BOUKHERMA, ZORAN BOUKHERMA, MARIELLE GAUTIER AND HUGO P. THOMAS
Produced by: PIERRE-LOUIS GARNON et FRÉDÉRIC JOUVE
With Daniel Vannet, Noémie Lvovsky and Romain Léger
On the death of his twin brother, 50-year-old Willy leaves his parents’ home for the first time to move to a nearby village, determined to realize his dreams: “I’m going to Caudebec. An apartment, I’m going to have one. A scooter, I’ll have one. I will have friends. And you all can kiss my ass!” Willy, a misfit, is looking for his place in a world with which he is not familiar.
Release Date, 19 October 2016 (82 min) – France
The D’Ornano-Valenti Prize, until 2014 known as the Michel d’Ornano Prize, is a cinema award created in 1991 by member companies of the MPA, in memory of Michel d’Ornano (former minister, former Deputy Mayor of Deauville and founder of the Festival of American Cinema) and of Jack Valenti (President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1966 to 2004), awarded since 1992 to the best feature film scenario by a young French writer.
Since 2007, the Michel d’Ornano prize has been awarded for a first French film, to help its profile, promotion and wider distribution. It has been financed by the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FCFA involving the DGA, la MPA, the SACEM and the WGA) since 2009.
The winning film is awarded 3000 euros for its director and 3000 euros for its producer; to assist the promotion of the film, 10,000 euros is also awarded to the distributor. The winning film has the benefit of an advance screening at the Festival of American Cinema and is also selected for the Festival of French Film in Los Angeles City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA).
Awarded by a jury made up of English-speaking journalists, chaired by Jean-Guillaume d’Ornano, the D’Ornano-Valenti prize is awarded every year in Deauville during the Festival of American Cinema.