Cantet's 'Class' scores 4.0 at Lumieres

'With a Little Help,' 'Seraphine' also receive four noms

LONDON -- 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.

But Cantet's movie, nominated for best film in the awards dished out by France's foreign press, will share the spotlight. "Class" will compete with Francois Dupeyron's "With a Little Help From Myself" and Martin Provost's "Seraphine," which also garnered four noms each, including best film. Arnaud Desplechin's "Christmas Tale" also is in the running for the top honor.

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

Hosted by TV5 Monde journalist Estelle Martin, the award 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.
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