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AWARDS France

First selection for the Delluc

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Considered as the most important French cinema award alongside the Césars, the Louis Delluc yesterday revealed the pre-selection list for 2005. In the category of Best film of the year, six features will attempt to succeed Arnaud Desplechin (Kings and Queen [+see also:
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) as well as four productions battling for the title of Best First Film won last year by Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte with Quand la mer monte (When the sea rises).

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Three favourites stand out: Hidden [+see also:
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by Michael Haneke (director prize at Cannes – produced by Les Films du Losange – read the Focus), The beat my heart skipped [+see also:
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by Jacques Audiard (Why Not Productions) and Les Amants Réguliers [+see also:
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by Philippe Garrel (Silver Lion for best direction in Venice – produced by Maïa Films – see interview). But three outsiders will try to create a surprise: Aux abois (Baying) by Philippe Collin (BC Films), Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé (I’m not here to be loved) by Stéphane Brizé (in competition at San Sebastian - TS Productions) and Le Petit Lieutenant (The little Lieutenant) by Xavier Beauvois (Why Not Productions –Europa Cinema Awards at Venice Days at la Mostra – consultinterview).

As for first features, Cold showers [+see also:
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by Anthony Cordier (presented at Director’s Fortnight - Why Not Productions) looks a strong favourite up against Alex by José Alcala (Gémini Films (FR) – best CICAE European film at San Sebastian), A ce soir (Until tonight) de Laure Duthilleul (Marie-Amélie Production) and The Gamblers [+see also:
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by Frédéric Balekdjian (Pyramide - seen at the Panorama at the last Berlinale).

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(Translated from French)

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