Cesars hail 'Rose,' 'Secret'

French pics garner 11 noms each

Olivier Dahan's Edith Piaf biopic "La Vie en Rose" was in tune with Claude Miller's Holocaust drama "A Secret" as both films nabbed 11 nominations for France's top film honors, the Cesar Awards.

"Rose" and "Secret" will compete for French film of the year with Abdel Kechiche's immigrant drama "The Secret of the Grain," Marjan Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's animated hit "Persepolis" and Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," which dove into Friday's nominee pool with seven noms.

"Butterfly" star Mathieu Amalric was nominated for best actor for his role as paralyzed Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby. Amalric will vie against Gallic cinema veterans Michel Blanc (Andre Techine's "The Witnesses"), Vincent Lindon (Anne Le Ny's "Those Who Remain"), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Jean Becker's "Conversations With my Gardener") and Jean-Pierre Marielle (Noemie Lvovsky's "Let's Dance!").

Marion Cotillard, fresh from her Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination, will compete for the best actress title alongside "Secret" star Cecile De France, Isabelle Carre (Michel Spinosa's "Anna M."), Marina Fois (Christine Carriere's "Darling") and Catherine Frot (Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's "Odette Toulemonde").

Dahan, Miller, Schnabel, Kechiche and Techine will vie for the best director prize.

Dahan's "Rose" was selected in the original screenplay category alongside Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain," Julie Delpy's comedy "2 Days in Paris," Ny's "Those Who Remain" and Laurent Tirard and Gregoire Vigneron's "Moliere"; while "Secret," "Butterfly," "Persepolis" and "Darling" will compete with Claude Berri's "Hunting and Gathering" in the best adaptation category.

"Secret's" Julie Depardieu and Ludivine Sagnier will contend for the supporting actress prize with Lvovsky (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's "Actresses"), Bulle Ogier (Lvovsky's "Let's Dance!") and Sylvie Testud ("Rose").

The nominees for best supporting actor are Sami Bouajila ("Witnesses"), Pascal Greggory ("La Vie en Rose"), Michael Lonsdale ("The Human Question"), Fabrice Luchini ("Moliere") and Laurent Stocker ("Hunting and Gathering").

Christian Mungiu's Palme d'Or winner at last year's Festival de Cannes "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others," Fatih Akin's "On the Other Side," David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" and James Gray's "We Own the Night" will compete for best foreign-language film.

The Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques added a documentary category last year. This year's race will be between Barbet Schroeder's "Terror's Advocate," Gilles de Maistre's "The First Cry," Nicolas Philibert's "Back to Normandy" and Christian Rouaud's "Le Lip, l'imagination au pouvoir."

Actor Antoine de Caunes will preside over the 33rd annual Cesar Awards ceremony Feb. 22 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. It will be broadcast live on Canal Plus.

A complete list of Cesar nominations can be found at THR.com.
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