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‘Camille Rewinds’ leads Cesar race

Noemie Lvovsky's pic has 13 noms

PARIS

Thesp-helmer Noemie Lvovsky’s romantic second-chance comedy “Camille Rewinds” is the surprise leader in the race for France’s Cesar awards with 13 nominations, besting Michael Haneke’s Oscar-nommed “Amour” with 10.

Noms were unveiled Friday at a Paris ceremony hosted by the Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema, and hosted by its prexy Alain Terzian and ceremony emcee Antoine de Caunes.

Co-produced and distributed by Gaumont, “Rewinds” is up for film, helmer, thesp (Lvovsky), supporting actor (Samir Guesmi), supporting actress (Judith Chemla), female newcomer (Julia Faure, India Hair) and original screenplay among others.

Pic, which bowed at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, recently won a prize at the Lumieres Awards — the French equivalent of the Golden Globes.

Reminiscent of “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Camille” stars Lvovsky — who also co-wrote — as a soon-to-be-divorced mom who travels back in time to relive her teenage years.

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Modestly-budgeted pic has been a sleeper B.O. hit, grossing an estimated €5.7 million ($7.6 million), and has sold to 15 territories.

Austrian Haneke’s “Amour,” which is nommed for five Academy Awards and three BAFTAs, and Benoit Jacquot’s “Farewell My Queen” will compete in 10 categories at the Cesars including helmer, actress (Emmanuelle Riva), actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and supporting actress (Isabelle Huppert).

Pic could follow the same path as Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” which didn’t top the Cesar noms but ended up being the big winner with six kudos.

Produced by Haneke’s longtime producer Margaret Menegoz at Paris-based Les Films du Losange, “Amour” is a tender and uncompromising drama about a Parisian couple grappling with illness and mortality. Haneke previously earned Cesar nominations for his 2005 drama “Hidden” and his Palme d’Or-winning “The White Ribbon” in 2009.

Regis Roinsard’s 1950s-set romantic comedy “Populaire” will compete for best first film, along with Hugo Gelin’s “Comme des Freres,” Alice Winocour’s “Augustine,” Cyril Mennegun’s “Louise Wimmer” and Rachid Djaidani’s “Rengaine.”

Populaire,” produced by Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor (“Polisse”), and acquired by The Weinstein Company for North American distribution, also nabbed production design, costume and cinematography noms.

Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone” earned film, helmer, actress (Marion Cotillard), adapted screenplay (Audiard and Thomas Bidegain), cinematography, sound and editing. Audiard’s last pic “A Prophet” swept nine Cesar kudos in 2010.

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will compete for best foreign film, along with Michael R. Roskam’s “Bullhead,” Xavier Dolan’s “Laurence Anyways,” Joachim Trier’s “Oslo, August 31st,” Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share” and Nikolaj Arcel’s “A Royal Affair.”

The Cesar Awards ceremony, set to take place on Feb. 22, will be presided by popular thesp Jamel Debbouze.

FILM

“Farewell, My Queen,” Benoit Jacquot, director; Jean Pierre Guerin, Kristina Larsen, producers

“Amour,” Michael Haneke, director; Margaret Menegoz, producer

“Camille Rewinds,” Noemie Lvovsky; Jean Louis Livi, Philippe Carcassonne, producers

“In the House,” Francois Ozon, director; Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, producers

“Rust and Bone,” Jacques Audiard; Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat, producers

Holy Motors,” Leos Carax, director; Martine Marignac, Maurice Tinchant, producers

“What’s in a Name,” Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre De La Patelliere, directors; Dimitri Rassam, Jerome Seydoux, directors

DIRECTOR

Benoit Jacquot, “Farewell, My Queen”

Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Noemie Lvovsky, “Camille Rewinds”

Francois Ozon, “In the House”

Jacques Audiard, “Rust and Bone”

Leos Carax, “Holy Motors

Stephane Brize, “A Few Hours of Spring

ACTOR

Jean Pierre Bacri, “Cherchez Hortense”

Patrick Bruel, “What’s in a Name”

Denis Lavant, “Holy Motors”

Vincent Lindon, “A Few Hours of Spring

Fabrice Luchini, “In the House”

Jeremie Renier, “My Way”

Jean Louis Trintignant, “Amour”

ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”

Catherine Frot, “Haute Cuisine”

Noemie Lvovsky, “Camille Rewinds”

Corinne Masiero, “Louise Wimmer”

Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

Lea Seydoux, “Farewell, My Queen”

Helene Vincent, “A Few Hours of Spring”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTOR

Felix Moati, “Tele gaucho”

Kacey Mottet Klein, “L’enfant d’en haut”

Pierre Niney, “Comme des freres”

Matthias Schoenaerts, “Rust and Bone”

Ernst Umhauer, “In the House”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, ACTRESS

Alice De Lencquesaing, “Au galop”

Lola Dewaere, “Mince alors !”

Julia Faure, “Camille Rewinds”

India Hair, “Camille Rewinds”

Izia Higelin, “Mauvaise fille”

FIRST FILM

“Augustine,” Alice Winocour

“Comme Des Freres,” Hugo Gelin

“Louise Wimmer,” Cyril Mennegun

“Populaire,” Regis Roinsard

“Rengaine,” Rachid Djaídani

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Guillaume De Tonquedec, “What’s in a Name”

Samir Guesmi, “Camille Rewinds”

Benoit Magimel, “My Way”

Claude Rich, “Cherchez hortense”

Michel Vuillermoz, “Camille Rewinds”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Valerie Benguigui, “What’s in a Name”

Judith Chemla, “Camille Rewinds”

Isabelle Huppert, “Amour”

Yolande Moreau, “Camille Rewinds”

Edith Scob, “Holy Motors”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Bruno Podalydes, Denis Podalydes, “Goodbye Berthe”

Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Noemie Lvovsky, Florence Seyvos, Maud Ameline, Pierre Olivier Mattei, “Camille Rewinds”

Leos Carax, “Holy Motors”

Florence Vignon, Stephane Brize, “A Few Hours of Spring”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Lucas Belvaux, “38 Witnesses”

Gilles Taurand, Benoit Jacquot, “Farewell, My Queen”

Francois Ozon, “In the House”

Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, “Rust and Bone”

Matthieu Delaporte, Alexandre De La Patelliere,” “What’s in a Name”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Romain Winding, “Farewell, My Queen”

Darius Khondji, “Amour”

Stephane Fontaine, “Of Gods and Men”

Caroline Champetier, “Holy Motors”

Guillaume Schiffman, “Populaire”

ANIMATED FILM

“Edmond etait un ane,” Franck Dion

“Ernest and Celestine,” Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stephane Aubier

“Kirikou and the Men and Women,” Michel Ocelot

“Oh Willy,” Emma De Swaef, Marc Roels

Zarafa,” Remi Bezancon, Jean Christophe Lie

DOCUMENTARY

“Bovines Ou la vraie vie des vaches,” Emmanuel Gras

“Duch, le maitre des forges de l’enfer,” Rithy Panh

“Les Invisibles,” Sebastien Lifshitz

“Journal de France,” Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon

“The New Watchdogs,” Gilles Balbastre, Yannick Kergoat

FOREIGN FILM

“Argo,” Ben Affleck

Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam

Laurence Anyways,” Xavier Dolan

“Oslo, August 31,” Joachim Trier

“The Angels’ Share,” Ken Loach

“A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel

“Our Children,” Joachim Lafosse

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