‘Class’ chases top French honor

Seven French films in frame for Delluc prize

BRUSSELS — Foreign-language Oscar hopeful “Entre les murs” (The Class) is among seven pics nommed for the Louis Delluc prize, one of Gaul’s most prestigious film awards.

Now more than 70 years old, the prize is French cinema’s top recognition for artistic achievement. The jury of leading critics, led by Cannes festival topper Gilles Jacob, usually singles out more challenging films than the Cesars, without totally abandoning popular appeal.

As well as Laurent Cantet’s “The Class,” the jury has chosen pics from two previous winners: “Le Premier venu” (Just Anybody) by Jacques Doillon and “Un Conte de Noel” (A Christmas Tale) by Arnaud Desplechin.

List is completed with “Seraphine” by Martin Provost, “L’Heure d’ete” (Summer Hours) by Olivier Assayas, “Dernier maquis” (Adhen) by Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche and docu “La Vie moderne” (Modern Life) by Raymond Depardon.

Three features compete for the Delluc first film prize: “Versailles” by Pierre Schoeller, with recently deceased Guillaume Depardieu toplining; docu “Elle s’appelle Sabine” (Her Name Is Sabine) by thesp Sandrine Bonnaire; and “Le Tueur” (The Killer) by Cedric Anger.

Winners will be announced Dec 12. in Paris.

Last year’s prize was won by “La Graine et le mullet” (The Secret of the Grain), helmed by Abdellatif Kechiche.

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