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‘Public Enemy’ leads Cesars race

Gangster film takes 10 nominations

High-voltage gangster pic “Public Enemy Number One” grabbed a record 10 noms in the race for Gaul’s Cesar film awards, which take place Feb. 27 in Paris.

The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts & ciences, which traditionally supports artpics, this year selected an eclectic range of films for the best picture category, including notable B.O. hits. But megahit “Bienvenue chez les “Ch’tis” (Welcome to the Sticks) merited recognition in only one category — original screenplay.

The seven pic contenders are “Public Enemy,” last year’s third highest-grossing French film, which also garnered a helmer nom for Jean-Francois Richet; Palme d’Or winner and Oscar nominee “The Class,” which nabbed five mentions, including director for Laurent Cantet; biopic “Seraphine,” with nine bids, including director for Martin Provost; tragicomedy “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” with eight, including for director Remi Bezancon; “I’ve Loved You So Long,” with five, including actress for Kristin Scott Thomas; Arnaud Desplechin’s “Christmas Tale,” also nommed for helmer; and Cedric Klapisch’s “Paris.”

Noms for foreign film underscore the admiration felt in France for select U.S. filmmakers, with three of the seven slots going to Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” and James Gray’s “Two Lovers.”

And the nominees are…


“The Class,” Laurent Cantet, director; Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, producers

“I’ve Loved You So Long,” Philippe Claudel, director; Yves Marmion, producer

“Public Enemy Number One,” Jean-Francois Richet, director; Thomas Langmann, producer

“Paris,” Cedric Klapisch, director; Bruno Levy, producer

“The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” Remi Bezancon, director; Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Isabelle Grellat, producers

“Seraphine,” Martin Provost, director; Gilles Sacuto, Milena Poylo, producers

“Christmas Tale,” Arnaud Desplechin, director; Pascal Caucheteux, producer


Remi Bezancon, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

Laurent Cantet, “The Class”

Arnaud Desplechin, “Christmas Tale”

Martin Provost, “Seraphine”

Jean-Francois Richet, “Public Enemy Number One”


Vincent Cassel, “Public Enemy Number One”

Francois-Xavier Demaison, “Coluche, l’histoire d’un mec”

Guillaume Depardieu, “Versailles”

Albert Dupontel, “Deux jours a tuer”

Jacques Gamblin, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”


Catherine Frot, “Le crime est notre affaire”

Yolande Moreau, “Seraphine”

Kristin Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long”

Tilda Swinton, “Julia”

Sylvie Testud, “Sagan”


“Home,” Ursula Meier

“I’ve Loved You So Long,” Philippe Claudel

“Mascarades,” Lyes Salem

“Pour elle,” Fred Cavaye

“Versailles,” Pierre Schoeller


Marc Abdelnour, Martin Provost, “Seraphine”

Remi Bezancon, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”

Dany Boon, Franck Magnier, Alexandre Charlot, “Welcome to the Sticks”

Philippe Claudel, “I’ve Loved You So Long”

Arnaud Desplechin, Emmanuel Bourdieu, “A Christmas Tale”


Eric Assous, Francois d’Epenoux, Jean Becker, “Deux jours a tuer”

Clemence de Bieville, Francois Caviglioli, Nathalie Lafaurie, “Le Crime est notre affaire”

Laurent Cantet, Francois Begaudeau, Robin Campillo, “The Class”

Abdel Raouf Dafri, Jean-Francois Richet, “Public Enemy Number One”

Christophe Honore, Gilles Taurand, “La Belle personne”


Laurent Brunet, “Seraphine”

Robert Gantz, “Public Enemy Number One”

Eric Gautier, “A Christmas Tale”

Agnes Godard, “Home”

Tom Stern, “Paris 36”


“Eldorado,” Bouli Lanners

“Gomorra,” Matteo Garrone

“Into the Wild,” Sean Penn

“Lorna’s Silence,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

“There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“Two Lovers,” James Gray

“Waltz with Bashir,” Ari Folman


“Elle s’appelle Sabine,” Sandrine Bonnaire

“Hollywood, I’ll Sleep Over Tonight,” Antoine de Maximy

“The Beaches of Agnes,” Agnes Varda

“Tabarly,” Pierre Marcel

“La Vie moderne,” Raymond Depardon

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