Jacob unveils Prix Louis-Delluc noms


PARIS -- The Gallic awards season kicked off Tuesday as Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob and his jury of film critics and personalities announced the nominees for the Prix Louis-Delluc.

The prize, awarded to the best French film released during the past year, is typically an early indicator of honors to come. Last year's winner, "Lady Chatterley," went on to win the Cesar for best film.

The nominees for French film of the year are Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi's "Actress," Eric Rohmer's "The Romance of Astree and Celadon," Jacques Nolot's "Before I Forget," Manoel de Oliveira's "Belle Toujours," Christophe Honore's "Love Songs," Claude Chabrol's "The Girl Cut in Two," Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" and Andre Techine's "The Witnesses."

Nominees for the Prix Louis Delluc for a first film include Olivier Meyrou's "Beyond Hatred," Lola Doillon's "Just About Love?," Celine Sciamma's "Waterlilies," Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis" and Mia Hansen-Love's "All Is Forgiven."

The Prix Louis Delluc ceremony will take place Dec. 12 at Paris' legendary Fouquet's restaurant.