Oscar nominees wins best film and prizes for its lead actors
PARIS — Continuing on its laureled path, Michael Haneke’s “Amour” swept three kudos at Paris’ Lumiere Awards, which kicks off France’s awards season.“Amour,” a tender yet uncomproising drama turning on an aging Parisian couple whose love is tested as they face illness and mortality, nabbed best film, and thesps for Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. “Amour” beat out Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors;” “Camille Rewinds” from thesp-helmer Noemie Lvovsky; and Benoit Jacquot’s “Farewell, My Queen.” Nominated for five Oscars along with a flury of international awards, the Palme d’Or-winning “Amour” just won the prize for foreign-language film at the Golden Globes. Produced and distributed in Gaul by Paris-based Les Films du Losange, “Amour” was released Stateside by Sony Classics on Jan. 13, so far grossing $638,348. The Lumiere Awards, hosted during the Unifrance’s Rendez-Vous mart, are voted on by international journalists based in Paris and are considered the French equivalent of the Golden Globes. Foreign journos also showed amour for Marion Cotillard starrer “Rust and Bone,” which snatched up director trophy for Jacques Audiard — winning over Haneke, Carax, Lvovsky and Cyril Mennegun for “Louis Wimmer” — and screenplay for Audiard and Thomas Bidegain. Produced by Why Not, “Bone” is Audiard’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed prison thriller “A Prophet.” Another Sony Classics release, “Bone” has grossed $1.23 million since its Nov. 23 bow. “Camille Rewinds,” one of 2012′s homegrown sleeper hits, nabbed two nods: the Lumieres’ special prize and best female newcomer, shared by Judith Chemla, Julia Faure and India Hair. Ernst Umhauer won male newcomer for his perf in Francois Ozon’s “In The House.” Moussa Toure’s “La Pirogue” won for foreign film in the French language. Pic is a drama chronicling the journey of West African immigrants who embark on a boat to cross to mainland Europe. The Cesar Awards’ nominations will be unveiled on Jan. 25.