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Eight hopefuls for the Louis Delluc Prize

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- Ferran, Bonello, Assayas, Godard, Sissako, Jacquot, Campillo and Drexel will duke it out for the 2014 edition of the prestigious award

Eight hopefuls for the Louis Delluc Prize
Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello

The prestigious Louis Delluc Prize, which will be handed out on 15 December by a jury of critics and leading figures from the seventh art, under the chairmanship of Gilles Jacob, will this year see eight features going head to head in the race to be judged Best Film. Among them are four works that were unveiled in competition at the last Cannes Film Festival: Saint Laurent [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
film profile
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by Bertrand Bonello (also the French candidate for the upcoming Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film), Clouds of Sils Maria [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile
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by Olivier Assayas, Goodbye to Language [+see also:
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trailer
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by Jean-Luc Godard and the majority French production Timbuktu [+see also:
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by Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako. Also set to battle it out are two other titles that were presented on the Croisette: Bird People [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Pascale Ferran
film profile
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by Pascale Ferran (which was premiered in Un Certain Regard in May) and the documentary Au bord du monde [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Claus Drexel (revealed last year in the alternative ACID selection).

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The selection is rounded off by two films that were revealed at Venice: 3 Hearts [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Benoît Jacquot
film profile
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by Benoît Jacquot (which was in competition on the Lido) and Eastern Boys [+see also:
trailer
interview: Robin Campillo
festival scope
film profile
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by Robin Campillo (the winner of last year’s Orizzonti section).

Of the eight contenders, three have already been crowned with the prize: Jean-Luc Godard in 1987 with Keep Your Right Up, Pascale Ferran in 2006 with Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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and Benoît Jacquot in 2012 with Farewell My Queen [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
film profile
]
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For the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film, six features have been chosen, including three that were popular at Cannes in May: Love at First Fight [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Thomas Cailley
film profile
]
by Thomas Cailley (one of the main attractions of the Directors’ Fortnight), the Caméra d’Or winner Party Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire B…
film profile
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by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis (which opened Un Certain Regard), and Mercuriales [+see also:
trailer
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by Virgil Vernier (presented in the ACID selection – in theatres since Wednesday). Also in the running are A Thousand Suns by Mati Diop and two movies that were unveiled at Locarno in 2013: Tonnerre [+see also:
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film focus
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by Guillaume Brac (in competition), and Sheep [+see also:
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festival scope
film profile
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by duo Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone (in the Filmmakers of the Present section).

(Translated from French)

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