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Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Mustang,” a pair of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight players, are leading the race for France’s 21st Lumieres Awards, the local equivalent to the Golden Globes.

Other leading Lumieres contenders include Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime” and Louis Garrel’s “Two friends.”

“My Golden Years,” an ensemble coming-of-ager, is competing for seven nominations including best film, director, male (Quentin Dolmaire) and female newcomers (Lou Roy-Lecollinet).

“Mustang,” which has been nominated for a Golden Globe and reps France in the foreign-language race, is vying for six nods including best film, female newcomer, script and first film.

“Summertime” opened at Locarno and won the Variety Piazza Grande Award. The movie is competing for best film, director, actress (Higelin), script and music. Pic is a 1970s-set period romance drama telling the tale of two women from different backgrounds who fall madly in love against the feminist movement of the time.

Garrel’s rowdy’s directorial debut, “Two Friends” earned nominations for best actor (Vincent Macaigne), female newcomer (Golshifteh Farahani) and first film.

The movie, which earned warm reviews following its world premiere at Locarno, toplines Cecile de France and singer-turned-thesp Izia Higelin.

Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan” and Christian Vincent’s “Courted” round up the best film category. Audiard is also in the race for best director, along with Maiwenn (“Mon Roi”), Xavier Giannoli (“Marguerite”), Philippe Garrel (“L’ombre des femmes”) and Desplechin.

“Courted” star, Vincent Lindon is competing for best actor for his performances in “The Measure of a Man” – which earned him a award at Cannes — and “The Diary of a Chambermaid.” Other actor nominees are Macaigne (“Two Friends”), Jérémie Renier (“Ni le ciel ni la terre”), Luchini (“Courted”), Gérard Depardieu (“Valley of Love”) and André Dussollier (“21 nuits avec Pattie”).

Cannes’ best actress winner Emmanuelle Bercot (“Mon Roi”) is nommed for a Lumieres with Clotilde Courau (“L’ombre des femmes”), Catherine Frot (“Marguerite”), Izïa Higelin (“Summertime”), Isabelle Huppert (“Valley of Love”) and Elsa Zylberstein (“Un + une”).

The six pics competing in the French-language films category are Leyla Bouzid’s “A peine j’ouvre les yeux,”
Vania Leturcq’s “L’année prochaine,” Nabil Ayouch’s “Much Loved,” Merzak Allouache’s “Les Terrasses,”
Jaco van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament” and Lionel Baier’s “La vanité.”

Created in 1995 by famed producer and Unifrance president Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the Lumieres will also hand out kudos for best score and documentary feature. The event kicks off France’s awards season which culminates with the Cesar ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on Feb. 8.

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