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Delluc prize mixes old, new

Old guard prove their mettle

PARIS — Eight features have been nominated for one of France’s most prestigious cinematic awards, the Prix Louis Delluc.

The best film nominees were evenly split between well-established and up-and-coming helmers.

The old guard consisted of Eric Rohmer for “The Romance of Astree and Celadon,” Claude Chabrol for “The Girl Cut in Two,” Manoel de Oliveira for “Belle Toujours” and Andre Techine for “The Witnesses.”

The rising directing talent consisted of Christophe Honore for “Love Songs,” Abdellatif Kechiche for “The Secret of the Grain,” Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi for “Actresses” and Jacques Nolot for “Before I Forget.”

Five nominees were also announced for the first film prize: Celine Sciamma for “Water Lilies,” Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for “Persepolis,” Olivier Meyrou for “Beyond Hatred,” Lola Doillon for “Just About Love?” and Mia Hansen-Love for “All is Forgiven.”

Two nominees are official submissions in the foreign language category for the Academy Awards: “Persepolis” for France, and the co-production “Belle Toujours,” a sequel to the 1967 Luis Bunuel classic “Belle de Jour,” for Portugal.

The awards ceremony will be held in Paris on Dec. 12.

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