'Reguliers,' 'Sleep' earn early EFA nods

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COLOGNE, Germany -- Philippe Garrel's Nouvelle Vague tribute "Les Amants Reguliers" (Regular Lovers) has secured the European Film Academy's Fipresci (film critics) award, while Pierre Pell and Stephane Rozenbaum won the award for artistic contribution for their design of Michel Gondry's "The Science Of Sleep," the EFA said Tuesday.

Garrel's "Reguliers" already has picked up several awards, including a Silver Lion in Venice as well as a best actor Cesar for the film's star (and the director's son) Louis Garrel.

A black-and-white feature partly set during the student riots in Paris in 1968, "Regular Lovers" is a throwback to an earlier age of French cinema.

Calling Garrel the "younger brother of (Jean-Luc) Godard," Fipresci president Andrei Plakhov praised "Les Amants Reguliers" for its "sophisticated cinematographic style ... (Garrel's) films are like fake detective stories, where mystery lies, not in the plot but in the style."

The inaugural EFA artistic contribution award went to the production team behind the cardboard dreamscapes and robotic toy horses in Gondry's whimsical "The Science of Sleep."

The prizes will be presented Dec. 2 as part of the 2006 European Film Awards in Warsaw, Poland.
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