Six films have been shortlisted for the Prix Louis-Delluc,one of France's top cinematic awards.
The contenders are:
Philippe Collin's crime drama Aux Abois
Philippe Garel's Venice
entry Les Amants Reguliers Cannes
by Michael Haneke Jacques Audiard's critical darling De Battre Mon Coeur S'est Arrete
Stephane Brize's San Sebastian
film Je Ne Suis Pas La Pour Etre Aime
Xavier Beauvois' Le Petit Lieutenant
which ran in Venice
's Venice Days sidebar this year.
Four films will also competeas best first film: A Ce Soir
, a drama by Laure Duthilleul San Sebastian New Directors effort Alex
by Jose Alcala Anthony Cordier's Douches Froides
a Directors' Fortnight selection at Cannes
Panorama entry Frederic Balekdjian's Les Mauvais Jouers
TheLouis Delluc prize was first handed out in 1937.
Recentwinners have included Nicolas Philibert's documentaryEtre Et Avoir and Arnaud Desplechin'sRois Et Reine. Thisyear's awards will be presented in December.