Patronage & Cinematography

The Fondation Barrière’s 2017 Cinema Prize “From writing... to the screen and the stage” was awarded on Monday to the author-director Nicolas Bedos for his first feature length film, “Mr & Mme Adelman”, co-written by Doria Tillier.


The Cinema jury, chaired this year by actress Emmanuelle Bercot, includes comedians Manu Payet and Emmanuelle Seigner, directors Jalil Lespert and Igor Gotesman (the Fondation's 2016 prize winner) journalists Mathieu Charrier, Fred Cavayé and Marie-Elisabeth Rouchy, as well as Blandine Harmelin (Artistic Director of the Barrière group).


The Barrière group has enjoyed close links with the world of art and culture for many years, playing host to over 3,000 shows and events annually. Drawing on its cultural background as long-time partner of the most prestigious film industry events, as well as an organiser and creator of festivals itself, the Barrière group decided to create its Fondation in 1999 to support the dissemination of “From writing... to the screen and the stage”.

This patronage is intended to help and promote talented new writers across two major artistic disciplines each year: cinema and theatre.


The total allocation stands at 31,000 euros per discipline per year, divided as follows:

€8,000 for the author

€23,000 on marketing the winning film or play


Since it was created in 1999, the Fondation Barrière has uncovered many artists who are now widely recognised by their peers and well-known to the public.


The Cinema Prize has been awarded to Frédéric Schoendoerffer for “Scènes de Crime”, Philippe Le Guay for “Trois Huit”, Guillaume Nicloux for “Une Affaire Privée”, Marc Esposito for “Le Cœur des Hommes”, Arnaud Viard for “Clara et Moi”, Antony Cordier for “Douches Froides”, Gérald Hustache-Mathieu for “Avril”, Carine Tardieu for “La Tête de Maman”, Marion Laine for “Un Cœur Simple”, Zabou Breitman for “Je l’Aimais”, Pascale Elbé for “Tête de Turc”, Bruno Chiche for “Je n’ai Rien Oublié”, Lorraine Lévy for “Le Fils de l’Autre”, Vianney Lebasque for “Les Petits Princes”, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar for “Les Héritiers” and Igor Gotesman for “Five”.


Mr & Mme Adelman” will be released in France on 8 March 2017.


Synopsis: When Sarah met Victor back in 1971, she couldn't have known then that they would spend the next 45 years together, living a life filled with passion, heartache and surprises...

The journey of a couple.



About Barrière


Founded in 1912 by François André and subsequently developed by Lucien Barrière, Diane Barrière-Desseigne and Dominique Desseigne, the Barrière group has lived through history to become the leading French brand for casinos, a model for luxury hotels, and a global player in Leisure and Entertainment.


The Group has developed unparalleled offers in the world of high-end leisure, founded on a commitment to operational excellence, quality of service and the French art of living. Today, the Group includes: 33 Casinos Barrière (including 1 opening soon in Abidjan), 18 Hôtels Barrière* (the majority of which are 5 star hotels), and over 120 restaurants and bars, including the famous Le Fouquet’s in Paris (also in Cannes, Courchevel, La Baule, Marrakech and Toulouse), putting on nearly 3,000 shows and events per year as well. Revenue for the year ended 31 October 2016 was 1.16 billion euros. The Group has almost 7,000 employees.


The Group also benefits from a strong reputation in the catering industry with almost 2 million meals served; in the leisure sector with its 13 spas (Cannes, Courchevel, Deauville, Dinard, Enghien-les-Bains, La Baule, Le Touquet, Lille, Marrakech, Paris and Ribeauvillé), 1 thalassotherapy centre in La Baule and 1 balneotherapy centre in Ribeauvillé, its 3 golf courses and 2 tennis clubs (over 32 clay courts); and is distinguished by its Resorts located in internationally-renowned tourist destinations.