French artists have shone at the 50th International Emmy Awards ceremony, held in New York on the night of November 21-22. The actress Lou de Laâge won the Emmy for Best Actress for her performance in The Mad Women’s Ball by Mélanie Laurent. She plays Eugenie, a young girl capable of seeing and hearing the dead, interned against her will in the “hysterical department” of Parisian hospital La Pitié Salpêtrière. She is receiving the second award of her career, after her Romy-Schneider Prize for the role of Mathilde in Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents.
Journalist and documentary filmmaker Anne Poiret was the second French artist rewarded that night, for her film Iraq’s Lost Generation. In this feature film, the Emmy-winning filmmaker addresses the future of former Daesh soldiers’ descendants. Anne Poiret’s film also explores the issue of “caliphate cubs” – a term that defines minors between the ages of 12 and 17 who were involved in some way with the Islamic State organization – as well as the social reintegration of Yezidi women and their children. The journalist had already focused on the conflicts related to the emergence of Daesh in the documentary The Envoy, inside Syria peace negotiations (2017) and Mosul, after the war (2019).
This year, France had a record number of nominations with eight candidates in the running.
Iraq’s Lost Generation received support from the CNC’s Audiovisual Support Fund.