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‘Chatterley’ wins Prix Louis Delluc

Darroussin picks up kudo for helming debut

PARIS — Scripter-helmer Pascale Ferran’s “Lady Chatterley,” the nearly three-hour French-language adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s tale of lust between a well-born woman and a gamekeeper, won the 64th Prix Louis Delluc on Monday.

The prize for French film of the year, announced by committee prexy Gilles Jacob at Fouquet’s on the Champs-Elysees, marks the informal start to Gaul’s awards season.

The jury’s 16 members, who serve for life, chose “Lady Chatterley” over five other finalists.

The eighth Prix Louis Delluc for first film went to thesp Jean-Pierre Darroussin for “The Premonition” (Le Pressentiment). Darroussin, who adapted the screenplay from a novel, also stars as an upper-class Parisian who chucks his corporate and familial obligations to live a pared-down life in a working-class neighborhood.

Prize is named for pioneering film writer Louis Delluc (1890-1924), whose early insistence that cinema is an art form that can transcend storytelling makes him the spiritual father of French film criticism.