Dark thriller De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete picked up the best film award at the Lumiere awards, considered France's version of the Golden Globes.
Jacques Audiard directed De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete
The film [The Beat That My Heart Skipped], a remake of 70s US drama Fingers, won the best foreign-language film at Sunday's Baftas.
On Saturday it will be competing for 10 Cesars, France's highest film honours.
Lead actor Romain Duris was named best actor at the Lumieres, while Isabelle Huppert won best actress for Gabrielle.
The best director award went to Patrice Chereaus for his adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel The Return.
The Lumieres are voted for by foreign correspondents and critics based in Paris.