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'Thunder road' wins Deauville film festival

US actor and director Jim Cummings celebrates after winning the Grand Prize as part of the 44th Deauville US Film Festival.
US actor and director Jim Cummings celebrates after winning the Grand Prize as part of the 44th Deauville US Film Festival. Charly Triballeau/AFP

First-time director Jim Cummings on Saturday scooped the Grand Prize at France's Deauville American Film Festival for Thunder Road, a tragicomedy about a Texas single father.

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President of the jury actress Sandrine Kiberlain praised 31-year-old Cummings' film in which he also stars as "offbeat and so inventive, written, acted and directed by an outstanding young man", adding that it was a work "unlike any other".

"What a joy to witness the birth of an artist, the arrival of a comet," she said.

The jury unusually awarded two Jury Prizes to Night Comes On, a first film by Jordana Spiro and American Animals also a first film by Bart Layton.

The Deauville festival in the Normandy seaside resort was launched in 1975 as a celebration of American movies.

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