For the second time the Canadian director, Phillipe Falardeau wins the audience award at CPH PIX, Politikens publikumspris.
Beating films like Michael Winterbottoms 'Trishna' and American indie stunner 'Martha Marcy May Marlene', 'Monsieur Lazhar' can look forward to Danish distribution in October. The presenter of the award, the national newspaper Politiken, will support the winning film with extra publicity.
Winner of Politiken's audience award 2012: 'Monsieur Lazhar' by Philippe Falardeau
Canada's Oscar nominee portrays a middle-aged Algerian immigrant, who is seeking political asylum in Quebec and ends up as a teacher at a primary school, where the children are traumatised, to varying degrees, after a tragic incident.
The director, Philippe Falardeau, won the audience award at CPH PIX 2009 and this time, he is again in a league of his own, when it comes to directing children.
The last Saturday of April was the night of CPH PIX 2012 award show. The night saw the result of the competition for the audience award with a big win for the deeply charming Canadian 'Monsieur Lazhar'.
It's the second time Phillipe Falardeau wins the award as well as the hearts and minds of the Danish audience with his talent of directing children. Film reviewer from Politiken, Kim Skotte, presented the winner with the following words:
- Philippe Falardeu wins the audience award for the second time, and when you have seen his 2009 winner, 'It's Not Me, I Swear' and now 'Monsieur Lazhar', it's not difficult to tell why the Danish audience have taken this charming and wise Canadian filmmaker to heart.