After wowing audiences and winning top kudos at the Sundance Film Festival in January, Damien Chazelle’s feature film about a masochistic music convervatory jazz drummer and his acerbic bandleader, Whiplash, took the grand prize at the 40th Deauville American Film Festival today as well as the audience award for favorite film. Warner Bros.’ Sudanese drama The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon took second place Jury Prize.
Saar Klein‘s crime drama Things People Do starring Wes Bentley won the special 40th-anniversary award. David Robert Mitchell’s horror film It Follows from Radius-TWC won the critics’ prize. Best first French film was bestowed to Elle l’Adore from Jeanne Herry.
This year’s Deauville jury was comprised of Cannes president Pierre Lescure, and French directors Jean-Peirre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch, Andre Techine and Costa-Gavras. The Revelation jury included director Audrey Dana, Anne Beres, Lola Bessis, singer Christine & the Queens, actor Freddie Highmore and actress Clemence Posey. They gave the Cartier prize for best first film to Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.