The shortlist for the Prix Louis Delluc has been announced with Cannes favorites among the eight films in line for the award.
The prestigious prize this year is eyeing, from the Cannes selection, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet, Alain Resnais’ Les Herbes Folles and A L’Origine by Xavier Giannoli. The five other films are Christophe Honore’s Non Ma Fille Tu N’Iras Pas Danser, Claude and Nathan Miller’s Je Suis Heureux Que Ma Mere Soit Vivante, Philippe Lioret’s Welcome, Irene by Alain Cavalier and Hadewijch from Bruno Dumont.
The Louis Delluc prize for best first film will go to either Adieu Gary by Nassim Amaouche, Riad Sattouf’s Les Beaux Gosses, Espion(s) from Nicolas Saada or Rien De Personnel by Mathias Gokalp.
The prize, which is celebrating its 72nd year, was created in honour of filmmaker and author Louis Delluc. Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob chairs the jury which will render its final decision in Paris on December 11. The winners sometimes mirror accolades handed out at the Cesar Awards which follow by two months.
Last year’s Delluc laureate La Vie Moderne, a documentary by Raymond Depardon, was not nominated for a best picture Cesar and did not win in its documentary category. The previous year, Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret Of The Grain took both the Louis Delluc and the best picture Cesar. Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley also recently took both honors.
Of this year’s Delluc shortlist, Resnais has won three times previously while Cavalier and Miller have each won once.