Crix crown ‘Kings’

Desplechin gets Delluc; 'Tide' is best debut

PARIS — Arnaud Desplechin’s “Kings and Queen” won the 62nd Prix Louis Delluc on Dec. 17 as best French film of 2004.

Jury president Gilles Jacob and his 14 fellow jurors picked the writer-director’s tale of grief, woe and renewal from a field of five finalists. Film, which stars Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric and Catherine Deneuve, hits Gallic hardtops Dec 22.

The sixth annual Prix Louis Delluc for best French film by a first-time helmer went to writing-directing team Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte for “When the Tide Comes In.” Bittersweet Franco-Belgian tale stars Moreau as an actress whose traveling one-woman show attracts a dubious admirer. Pic has drawn fine notices and steady audiences in a modest release on a handful of screens since October 27.

The Delluc Prize is sometimes a harbinger of awards to come. Its primary distinction is that the winners are chosen by a committee of Gaul’s leading critics for whom the invitational gig is a lifetime position, much like a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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