Lelouch at the switch for Lumiere nods


PARIS -- Claude Lelouch will preside over the 13th edition of the Lumiere Awards when the annual gala lights up the city of lights Jan. 13, organizers said Tuesday.

The Lumieres, voted on by foreign press based in Paris, reward the year's best French films and talent.

Nominees for film of the year include Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Alfred Lot's "La chambre des morts," Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's "Persepolis," Olivier Dahan's "La Vie en Rose" and the recent Louis Delluc prize-winner "The Secret of the Grain" from Abdellatif Kechiche.

Lumiere prizes also will be given to best director, actress, actor, screenplay, most promising female and male newcomers and best Francophone film.

The event, to take place at Paris' Hotel de Ville auditorium, will close Unifrance's 10th annual Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, set to kick off in the capital Jan. 11.

Organized by the Lumieres Academy, the prizes also are funded by national film body the CNC, Unifrance, the city of Paris, TV5Monde and the French syndicate of film critics in partnership with the Cesar awards academy.