The Angoulême Festival awards a prize to former resistance fighter Madeleine Riffaud



The presentation framework of the 49e edition of the Angoulême Festival was well chosen. It is at the Museum of the History of Immigration, in Paris, that the René-Goscinny prizes for the best screenwriters were awarded, upstream of the Fauves awarded during the festival itself, to two comics devoted to the Second World War.

The young screenwriter’s prize went to an album evoking the Resistance in Paris, Of the living, by Louise Moaty and Raphaël Meltz, and Simon Roussin in drawing (Editions 2024), an album whose texts were all taken from the historical documentation of the time. The René-Gosciny prize for best screenwriter was awarded to Madeleine Riffaud and Jean-David Morvan for the first of three volumes of Madeleine, resistant, astonishing and moving testimony of the laureate on her commitment, from the age of 17, during the Second World War.

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“I am very happy, reacted Madeleine Riffaud, because it will piss off even more the fascists (and all their brainless friends) who have fun writing pro-Nazi slogans on my exhibition at the Buttes-Chaumont park! (…) And a thought to Lucie and Raymond Aubrac, who pushed me to testify at a time when I thought I didn’t give a shit anymore. This comic book is the continuity of the work they asked me to accomplish and which keeps me alive. “

Appetizing list

An exhibition on René Goscinny’s work as a screenwriter will take place during the 2022 edition of the Angoulême Festival, which is to be held from January 27 to 30. A year after the cancellation of the previous edition’s festivities (except for the winners), the event’s organizers have announced an appetizing list of exhibitions.

A retrospective will be devoted to the avant-garde American author Chris Ware, 2021 grand prize of the festival, another to the Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki, prize for the best album in 2007, a third to Christophe Blain (Fauve d’or in 2013 for Quai d’Orsay), and finally a major exhibition will come back to Mortal Adele (Tourbillon, subsidiary of Bayard, publisher of The cross), an editorial phenomenon in children’s literature.

The selection of albums in competition for the Fauves was also unveiled, a clever balance between large publishers (Dargaud, Casterman, Delcourt) and small houses (here and there, FLBLB, 2024). There are many albums already reviewed in The cross, The Young Actor, by Riad Sattouf (Books of the future), The Great Void, by Léa Murawiec, Tunnels, by Rutu Modan (Actes Sud), or the third volume of Hope despite everything, by Émile Bravo (Dupuis), who plunges Spirou into the torments of World War II. No doubt Madeleine Riffaud will like it.

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