Lumieres noms: high 'Class'

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Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner "The Class" got an excellent report card Monday, scooping up four nominations for the 14th annual Prix Lumieres, France's answer to the Golden Globes.

Cantet's movie, nominated for best film in the awards dished out by France's foreign press, will compete with Francois Dupeyron's "With a Little Help From Myself" and Martin Provost's "Seraphine," each of which also garnered four noms.

Arnaud Desplechin's "A Christmas Tale" also is in the running for the top honor.

Jean-Francois Richet's gangster film "Mesrine" followed with three noms, for picture, director and actor (Vincent Cassel).

Hosted by TV5 Monde journalist Estelle Martin, the ceremony will take place Jan. 19 in Paris and close the Unifrance Rendez-Vous film market.

The Prix Lumiere was created by leading producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, who died in 2003, and U.S. journalist Edward Behr to honor French-language cinema from France and abroad. (partialdiff)
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