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France’s Lumieres Awards Unveil Nominations

Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers” has been nominated for four prizes, including best film and director, at the 24th Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

The Western starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal world-premiered at Venice Film Festival, where it earned Audiard a best director award.

Produced by Paris-based company Why Not, “The Sisters’ Brothers” is vying for best film against Jeanne Herry’s adoption drama “In Safe Hands,” Mikhaël Hers’ “Amanda,” Alex Lutz’s “Guy” and Emmanuel Mouret’s “Mademoiselle de Joncquières.”

The Sisters Brothers,” “In Safe Hands,” “Custody” and “Mademoiselle de Joncquières” lead the nominations with four each. Mouret’s critically acclaimed French period drama, “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” world-premiered at Toronto and was recently acquired by Netflix for most rights worldwide. The film’s star, Cecile de France, has been nominated for best actress, along with Elodie Bouchez for “In Safe Hands,” Léa Drucker for “Custody,” Virginie Efira for “An Impossible Love” and Melanie Thierry for “A Memoir of War,” which is France’s foreign-language Oscar candidate.

Recently released in France by Studiocanal ,“In Safe Hands” follows the long and heart-wrenching journey of a baby boy from his birth to the moment he finally gets adopted.

Xavier Legrand’s “Custody,” which won two prizes at Venice last year, is competing for best first film, director, actress (Druker) and actor Denis Ménochet. Also nominated in the best actor category are Vincent Lacoste for “Amanda,” Vincent Lindon for “En guerre,” Romain Duris for “Nos batailles” and Lutz for “Guy.”

Along with Audiard, Herry and Legrand, Gaspar Noe and Pierre Salvadori have also been nominated for best director, Noe for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight hit “Climax” and Salvadori for “En Liberté.”

“En Liberté” was nominated for two other prizes, best music and screenplay. Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer’s sexual abuse drama “Little Tickles,” and Jean-Bernard Marlin’s romance thriller “Shéhérazade,” as well as “Guy” are also nominated for three awards each.

The films, among 130 movies released in France this year, were selected by Paris-based members of the foreign press from 30 different countries. The Lumieres Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 4 in Paris.

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