The short-list for Delluc
Five features are in competition for the Louis-Delluc Prize 2005 which will award, on the 16th December, the best French film of the year. Among those in contention are four films which won in official competition in Berlin, Cannes and Venice. The big favourite after its crop of distinctions this week-end at the European Film Awards, Hidden [+see also:
interview: Margaret Menegoz
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile] de Michael Haneke (director prize at Cannes – production Les Films du Losange – read Focus) will be up against The beat my heart skipped [+see also:
film profile] by Jacques Audiard (Why Not Productions - best music at the Berlinale), and Amants Réguliers [+see also:
interview: Philippe Garrel
film profile] by Philippe Garrel (Silver Lion best direction at Venice 2005 - production Maïa Films – see critique) and L'intrus by Claire Denis (production Ognon Pictures – selected for the Mostra 2004). In the position of outsider, The Little Lieutenant by Xavier Beauvois (Why Not Productions –Europa Prize Cinemas at Venice Days – consultinterview ) will attempt to create a surprise.
In the category of best first film, the number of candidates has been reduced to three Douches froides [+see also:
film profile] by Anthony Cordier (screened at the Directors’ Fortnight - Why Not Productions), Alex by José Alcala (Gémini Films (FR) –best CICAE European film at San Sebastian 2005 – read article) and Innocence by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (best first film festival at San Sebastian 2004 – Ex Nihilo production, in co-production with Belgian Ateliers de Baere and British Blue light).
(Translated from French)
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