Mustang takes home four Césars

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The 2015 LUX Prize winner is now also one of the main César Award winners – Mustang has taken home no fewer than four of the statuettes given out by the French Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma on Friday evening. Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s successful first feature has added the Césars for Best First Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Score and Best Editing to its awards cabinet. Turkish-born director Deniz Gamze Ergüven collected the Best First Feature Film prize alongside producer Charles Gillibert, of CG Cinéma, whom she thanked for having provided the energy necessary for the film to be the great achievement it turned out to be.

While reminding the audience that the film was going to represent France at the Oscars ceremony only two days later, Gillibert himself said, “Our film has open eyes towards the world, defends humanist values and talks about a youth that decides to choose its own future.” Besides this prize, perhaps the most important of the evening for Mustang, part of the talent behind the film was also honoured. Ergüven herself and French screenwriter and director Alice Winocour (whose previous films as a director, Augustine and Maryland, made a splash at several festivals and awards ceremonies) received the prize for Best Original Screenplay. Australian musician Warren Ellis, based in Paris and a regular collaborator of Nick Cave’s, who has already scored films by John Hillcoat, Andrew Dominik and David Oelhoffen, won the Award for Best Score. And Mathilde Van de Moortel, previously an assistant editor on several films, saw her work celebrated with the Best Editing Award.

By being one of the main winners at the Césars, Mustang has thus repeated the success it achieved during the LUX Prize ceremony. The film boasted the biggest number of awards received, sharing the feat only with Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite. The Best Film winner, Philippe Faucon’s Fatima, took home three awards, and Emmanuelle Bercot’s Standing Tall came next, with two. Congratulations, Deniz Gamze Ergüven!