'Sorry Angel' Wins France's Louis Delluc Prize

Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
'Sorry Angel'

Christophe Honore's 1990s-set AIDS drama took France's prestigious critics prize.

France's awards season is off to a start, with the selection of Christophe Honore's Sorry Angel for the prestigious Louis Delluc prize.

The Cannes competition entry was picked by a jury of 14 film critics headed by former Cannes president Gilles Jacob from a shortlist of 13 films, taking France's oldest cinema honor. Angel, starring Vincent Lacoste and Pierre Deladonchamps, is a bittersweet love story set against the backdrop of AIDS in the 1990s.

France's foreign-language Oscar submission Memoir of War by Emmanuel Finkiel, Jacques Audiard's English-language Western The Sisters Brothers, starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, and Claire Denis' English-language sci-fi thriller High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche, were among the competition.

Pierre Salvadori's Directors' Fortnight entry The Trouble With You and Gilles Lellouch's synchronized swimming comedy Sink or Swim, which screened out of competition, were the other two Cannes films on the shortlist.

Two Berlin entries on the list included Cedric Kahn's The Prayer, which took the best actor prize there, and Jean-Paul Civeyrac's A Paris Education.

Emmanuel Mouret's Toronto entry Mademoiselle de Joncquieres and Mikhael Hers' Venice entry Amanda were also in consideration, along with Louis Garrel's A Faithful Man, which premiered in Toronto and took the best screenplay prize at San Sebastian.

Jeanne Herry's adoption drama In Safe Hands and Romane Bohringer and Philippe Rebbot's break-up drama L'Amour Flou rounded out the main competition shortlist.

In the best first film section, Bertrand Mandico's Lord of the Flies-style coming-of-age story Les Garcons Sauvages shared the honor with Xavier Legrand's Custody. The family divorce drama, which is the debut feature from the Oscar-nominated short film director, won Legrand the best director prize at Venice.

Three other films were on the shortlist of five in the first film section, including Said Hamich's sociopolitical immigrant drama Retour a Bollene. Two Cannes Critics' Week entries, Camille Vidal Naquet's drama about a gay hustler, Sauvageand Jean-Bernard Marlin's story about love in the slums of Marseille, Sheherazade, rounded out the list.

Nominations for the Lumiere Awards, the next big prizes coined "the Golden Globes of France," will be unveiled Monday.