'Amelie' star's film leads French Oscars race

24th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 24 (AFP) - "A Very Long Engagement", a World War One drama starring Audrey Tautou of "Amelie" fame, is leading the race for France's top movie awards, according to a list of nominations given Monday.

PARIS, Jan 24 (AFP) - "A Very Long Engagement", a World War One drama starring Audrey Tautou of "Amelie" fame, is leading the race for France's top movie awards, according to a list of nominations given Monday.

The film, which re-teams Tautou with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is competing in 12 categories in the Cesar awards, which are to be held in Paris February 26 - just one day before the much-bigger, much-glitzier Oscars in Los Angeles.

In keeping with tradition, the French event will try to add a little Hollywood glamour to the occasion by inviting a US actor to the stage.

This year, Will Smith, who has a string of sci-fi blockbusters to name, including "I, Robot", "Independence Day" and "Men In Black", will be given an honorary Cesar, along with a venerable French singer/actor, Jacques Dutronc.

Three other French films that attracted large numbers of nominations were "The Chorists", about a teacher changing his pupils' lives through music, "36 Quai des Orfevres", a gritty cop movie starring Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil, and "Rois et Reine", about two ex-lovers' relationships with their families.

Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11", which first found international fame when it won last year's Cannes film festival, "21 Grams" starring Sean Penn, "The Motorcycle Diaries" about the young Che Guevara's voyage across Latin America, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Lost in Translation" are all vying in the best foreign film category.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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