Composed of twenty critics and personalities, under the presidency Gilles Jacob, former president of the Cannes Film Festival, the Louis-Delluc Prize jury rewarded the documentary “Adolescente” and, in the category First film, “Josep”, of the cartoonist Aurel, an animated film about an anti-Franco fighter who passed through the camps in the Pyrénées-Orientales.

Despite the months of cinemas being closed in 2020, the Delluc Prize has decided to maintain its prize list, which traditionally only takes into account feature films released in theaters. “Anything that can serve the cinema is more than necessary,” said Gilles Jacob.

Among the laureates, “Josep” whose former “patron” of the Cannes Film Festival underlined “the strength of the subject and the qualities of drawing and sound, voice included, (which) give emotion and efficiency to this animation with its refined graphics “.

In December 2019, the film “Josep” was premiered at the Rivesaltes Camp Memorial. This film returns to the passage in the camps of the Pyrénées-Orientales of the designer Josep Bartoli.

“Josep” is a project imagined 10 years ago by the Montpellier designer Aurel after having “received a slap” reading Georges Bartoli’s book on the incredible destiny of Josep, wrote L’Indépendant during the preview .

Josep, with thousands of Republicans, finds himself locked up in the camps of Argelès and then of Rivesaltes. He draws on everything he finds. Harassed by the French gendarmes, he nevertheless received the support of Serge, a young soldier moved by the distress of these refugees. Serge that we find nowadays, dying in his bed, telling the story of Josep to his grandson, also passionate about drawing.

Technically the film borrows from animation but sparingly. Aurel wanted to impose a “radicalization of graphic design. History must be carried by drawing, not movement”. The whole remains very fluid, with an extraordinary voice casting, from Sergi Lopez for Josep to Bruno Solo for Serge young and Gérard Hernandez, Serge aged.

It is the documentary “Adolescentes” by filmmaker Sébastien Lifshitz, who follows two young girls from the age of 13 until their majority, which won the Louis-Delluc 2020 prize, a prize considered to be the Goncourt of cinema, has its president Gilles Jacob announced Tuesday to AFP.

The Louis-Delluc Prize, named after a director and critic from the beginning of the 20th century, rewards the best French film of the year. Last year, it was attributed to “Jeanne” by Bruno Dumont, revisiting the figure of Joan of Arc, with Lise Leplat Prudhomme and Fabrice Luchini.

Congratulations, it’s deserved. You always have to know where you come from to exist and know where you want to go.