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2010 Louis Delluc Prize: Assayas’ Carlos and Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men Among the Noms

Olivier Assayas’ Carlos (the 5 1/2 long verison) and Xavier Beauvois’ Cannes winner Of Gods and Men would appear to be the frontrunners in this year’s 8 nominated films for the Louis-Delluc prize. The annual Best French Film award that commenced operations back in 1937, when Jean Renoir’s Les Bas-fonds claimed the inaugural prize will announce the winners for Best Film and Best First Film on December 17th.

Olivier Assayas’ Carlos (the 5 1/2 long verison) and Xavier Beauvois’ Cannes winner Of Gods and Men would appear to be the frontrunners in this year’s 8 nominated films for the Louis-Delluc prize. The annual Best French Film award that commenced operations back in 1937, when Jean Renoir’s Les Bas-fonds claimed the inaugural prize will announce the winners for Best Film and Best First Film on December 17th.

Best Feature Noms:
Carlos – Olivier Assayas
The Ghost Writer – Roman Polanski
Mysteries of Lisbon – Raoul Ruiz
Of Gods and Men – Xavier Beauvois
On Tour – Mathieu Amalric
The Princess of Montpensier – Bertrand Tavernier
White Material – Claire Denis
Young Girls in Black – Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Delluc prize for first-time director:
A Violent Poison – Katell Quillevere
An Ordinary Execution – Marc Dugain
Belle Epine – Rebecca Zlotowski
Domaine – Patric Chiha
Gainsbourg – Joann Sfar
La Vie au Ranch – Sophie Letourneur

Worth Noting: Previous winners include Rois et Reine by Arnaud Desplechin (2004), Les Amants réguliers by Philippe Garrel (2005), Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran (2006), La Graine et le Mulet by Abdel Kechiche (2007), La Vie moderne by Raymond Depardon and Un prophète by Jacques Audiard (2009).

Do We Care?: France has the equivalent Oscar in their Cesar, but then they have this prize, which is only run by Cannes Gilles Jacob and 20 French film industry folk and critics, but the long-standing prize appears to have some clout of the Best Picture winner outcome at the Cesars, as three of the past four winners (last year’s Un prophète, Lady Chatterley and The Secret and The Grain) were consider Best Film at both award organizations.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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