Based on a novel by Yasmina Khadra, "The Attack" concerns an Arab surgeon who learns of his wife's dark past in the wake of a suicide bombing (read The Playlist's review here). Doueiri previously directed the coming-of-age drama "Lila Says" (2004) and in the 1990s, was a camera assistant to Quentin Tarantino on four of his features including "Jackie Brown" and "Pulp Fiction." "The Attack" will be released in the US by Cohen Media Group on June 21.
Other prizes at COL-COA went to Christian Vincent's "Haute Cuisine" and Regis Roinsard's "Populaire," both of which will be distributed by The Weinstein Company later this summer.
Top honors at last year's COL-COA went to the Oscar shortlisted French feature "The Intouchables."