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French quartet vie for Prix Lumieres

'Rose,' 'Diving,' 'Grain,' 'Chambre' in race

PARIS — Four pics are running neck and neck in nominations for France’s 13th annual Prix Lumieres, which will be decided by a committee of more than 200 foreign journalists.

“La Vie en rose,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “The Secret of the Grain” and “La Chambre des morts” earned three noms each.

All four compete for best pic and director. They are joined by “Persepolis” in the pic category and “The Witnesses” in the chase for the helming prize.

“A Girl Cut in Two,” “Darling,” “The Witnesses” and “What My Eyes Have Seen” took two noms each.

Helmer Claude Lelouch will preside at the kudocast at Paris’ Hotel de Ville on Jan. 13.

AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

PICTURE

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

“Persepolis”

“La Vie en rose”

“The Secret of the Grain”

“La Chambre des morts”

DIRECTOR

Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

Olivier Dahan, “La Vie en rose”

Andre Techine, “The Witnesses”

Alfred Lot, “La Chambre des morts”

Abdellatif Kechiche, “The Secret of the Grain”

SCREENPLAY

Andre Techine, Viviane Zingg, Laurent Guyot, “The Witnesses”

Christine Carriere, “Darling”

Laurent de Bertillat, Alain Ross, “What My Eyes Have Seen”

Noemie Lvovsky, Agnes de Sacy, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, “Actresses”

ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en rose”

Marina Fois, “Darling”

Sylvie Testud, “What My Eyes Have Seen”

Ludivine Sagnier, “A Girl Cut in Two”

Melanie Laurent, “La Chambre des morts”

ACTOR

Mathieu Amalric, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

Benoit Magimel, “A Girl Cut in Two”

Benoit Magimel, “24 Mesures”

Jean-Pierre Marielle, “Faut que ce danse!”

Bernard Campan, Gerard Darmon, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Marc Lavoine, “Le Coeur des hommes 2”

Guillaume Depardieu, “Don’t Touch the Axe”

FEMALE NEWCOMER

Hafsia Herzi, “The Secret of the Grain”

Christa Theret, Lucie Desclozeaux “Et toi tu es sur qui ?”

Audrey Dana, “Crossed Tracks”

Clotilde Hesme, “Love Songs”

Romola Garai, “Angle”

MALE NEWCOMER

Fu’ad Ait Aattou, “The Last Mistress”

Laurent Stocker, “Hunting and Gathering”

Jocelyn Quivrin, “99 Francs”

Kolia Litscher, “Charly”

Yannick Renier, “Private Property”

FRENCH-LANGUAGE FOREIGN FILM

“Cowboy,” Benoit Mariage (Belgium-France)

“The Age of Ignorance,” Denys Arcand (Canada)

“Delice Paloma,” Nadir Mokneche (France-Algeria)

“Gone for a Dance,” Alain Berliner (Belgium-France-Luxembourg-U.K.)

“Africa Paradis,” Sylvestre Amoussou (France-Benin)

“Voleurs de chevaux,” Micha Wald (Belgium-Canada-France)

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