Stephane Brize's 'A Woman's Life' Takes France's Louis Delluc Prize

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This year’s Louis Delluc prize was awarded to Stephane Brize's Venice entry A Woman's Life.

It's the first prize of the French awards season, a single award given by a jury of critics presided over by former Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob.

The selection was an unusual move from the jury, as the film was not originally included on the shortlist of nominees.

The prize is given out over a short ceremony and luncheon at Paris' famed Fouqet's restaurant.

The films originally nominated for the prize included The Woods, Claire Simon’s documentary about the Vincennes forest just outside of Paris and the lone documentary among the films nominated.

The fiction films were Bertrand Bonello’s terrorist drama Nocturama, Eugene Greene’s parental search drama The Son of Joseph, Alain Guiraudie’s sexually charged Cannes entry Staying Vertical, Mia Hansen Love’s late-in-life divorce drama starring Isabelle Huppert, Things to Come, Francois Ozon’s post-WWI black-and-white drama Frantz, and Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV.

Last year Philippe Faucon's immigrant drama Fatima won the award, before it went on to win the best film and screenplay prizes at the Cesar Awards in February.