Xavier Dolan wins best director at César Awards
George Clooney, Jean Dujardin take digs at Donald Trump
Quebec film director Xavier Dolan has won the best director award at the César Awards, France's equivalent of the Oscars.
Dolan took home the honours for It's Only the End of the World, while the film was also successful in the best actor and film editing categories on Friday.
"I am very touched by your recognition tonight, among all this shining talent, which is so impressive," Dolan told the César ceremony.
"For nearly 10 years now — since the very beginning — the French have always made room for me."
The film is about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family. Gaspard Ulliel won the César for best actor, who portrays the writer at the centre of the film.
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Britain's Ken Loach won the best foreign film award for I, Daniel Blake while Paul Verhoeven earned top honours in the best film category for Elle.
Isabelle Huppert won the best actress award for her performance in Elle.
The evening also included a tribute to Hollywood star George Clooney, who received the honourary César and delivered (with the comical assistance of French actor Jean Dujardin) a speech that took digs at U.S. President Donald Trump.