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Sundance winner Whiplash won the Grand Prize in Deauville Saturday night, awarded by the jury including incoming Cannes president Pierre Lescure and legendary French directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Claude Lelouch, Andre Techine and Costa-Gavras.

The drumming drama from director Damien Chazelle, which received a long standing ovation at its screening, also won the audience award for favorite film of the festival.

Chazelle said that receiving the prize was a special honor from the jury stacked with Oscar, Cesar and Palme d’Or winners.

“I feel like Deauville has taken a little piece of me, mostly my money at the casino, but this makes up for it,” said star Miles Teller, adding that this is his first trip to Europe.

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September 14, 2014BelleNo Comments
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