Delluc for Lvosky & Belvaux
by Fabien Lemercier
10/12/2003 - The 61st edition of the Louis Delluc Prize has been jointed awarded to the film Feelings by Noémie Lvovsky, and to the trilogy by the Belgium director Lucas Belvaux (An Amazing Couple [trailer], Après la vie [trailer] and On the Run [trailer]). The First Works category was won by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi with It’s Easier for a camel.... [trailer].
The Louis Delluc Prize was founded in 1937 by a jury of critics, and it is currently run by Gilles Jacob. It is considered to be the cinema equivalent of the top French literary Goncourt prize. Last year’s prize went to To Be and To Have, and this year’s award has become the film event of the year in France. In fact Belvaux’s three films were distributed at the start of January 2003 and they were a big hit, both with the critics and the public.
The third feature film by Noémie Lvovsky, Feelings has also gone down very well. It was presented at the Venice Film Festival and went on to be distributed in French cinemas from November 5, 2003. It has already registered audience figures of more than a million in four weeks of programming.
It’s worth noting that in fact Noémie Lvovsky was awarded twice at Delluc 2003, as she also co-wrote the screenplay of the film by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi. This French, Swiss and Italian co-production was distributed in French cinemas from April 16 and was a big hit at the box office.
For the National Film Centre – CNC, the 2003 Delluc 2003 was a perfect year, given that all the films pre-selected for the prize (5 in the main category and 4 first works) had been given box office advances from the French institution.
(Translated from French)