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Gallic pix seek prix

Rivette, Doillon, Belvaux films among contenders

PARIS — Nominees for France’s prestigious Prix Louis Delluc for Gallic film were announced Thursday.

The jury has chosen helmer Jacques Rivette’s “The Story of Marie and Julien”; Jacques Doillon’s “Raja”; “Les Sentiments,” by Noemie Lvovsky; “Tiresia,” from Bertrand Bonello; and Lucas Belvaux’s trilogy “An Amazing Couple,” “After Life” and “On the Run.”

Films competing for the first feature prize are “Dancing” by Patrick-Mario Bernard, Pierre Trividic and Xavier Brillat; “It’s Easier for a Camel,” by thesp Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; “The Days When I Don’t Exist,” helmed by Jean-Charles Fitoussi; and “A Man, a Real One” by directors Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu.

The awards ceremony, which will take place Dec. 9 at showbiz canteen Le Fouquet’s, is the opening bell for the kudos season leading up to the Cesars film awards.

Nominated films tend to be smaller auteur pics, such as Nicolas Philibert’s critically acclaimed “To Be and to Have,” which won last year, becoming the first documentary to grab the prize.

Commercial films, such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s hit “Amelie,” chosen by France to represent the country at the Oscars, are usually passed over.

The Prix Louis Delluc, founded in 1937, is named after the film critic-cum-director credited with laying the groundwork for modern film criticism. The jury, headed by Cannes Film Festival prexy Gilles Jacob, is made up of film critics and industry players.

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