Virginie Efira, the acclaimed actor of “Benedetta” who attended last year’s Cannes Film Festival, will receive the French Cinema Award during the Unifrance Rendez-Vous, a week-long exhibition of French films.
The honorary award will pay tribute to the local and international success of Efira, who was born in Belgium but has become one of France’s most popular and bankable actors. His most recent credits include Alice Winocore’s “Revoir Paris,” which played at Cannes, and Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Les Enfants des Autres,” which competed in Venice. Both movies were successful at the French box office and were sold around the world. Efira has seen her career take off since working with Justin Triet for “Victoria” and “Sybil” and with Paul Verhoeven for “Elle” and “Benedetta”. He has consistently given strong performances in films by France’s most exciting directors, from Zlotowski to Winocore, Triet, Regis Roinsard and Serge Beauzon.
Efira will receive the French Cinema Award from Serge Toubiana and Hervé Michel, head of UniFrance, the French film and TV promotion agency. French Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak will be present at the event scheduled for January 12.
Previous French Cinema Award honorees include Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (“Untouchable”), and producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam (“The Little Prince”).
UniFrance will also host a press junket during the Rendez-Vous. Set to take place January 14-17, the junket will bring together more than 150 French artists, including actors and filmmakers, at the posh Hotel du Collectionneur in Paris. More than 110 films will be screened during Rendez-Vous, which begins on January 11 with the world premiere of Francois Ozon’s “My Crime,” starring Isabelle Huppert, Rebecca Marder and Danny Boon.